Pan African Film Festival kicks off tonight

[Baldwin Hills, CA]   Celebrating its twenty-sixth year as one of the prominent platforms for independent film producers to showcase their work, the Pan African Film Festival commonly known as PAFF kicks off tonight.

Those who are regulars to PAFF already know about it’s magic.  Unfortunately, some are culturally conditioned and marginalize the event as just a “black event” or worse, “south of the 10 freeway.”  In reality, PAFF proudly boast an event featuring films and arts and crafts from the diaspora (African-Americans as well as those with African ancestry who are all over the world).  Organizers go to great lengths to make sure the venue and activities are enjoyable so that all who attend feel comfortable and safe while appreciating the cultural content that is provided.




“Love Jacked” opens the festival with the red carpet starting at 5:30pm and screening at 7:00pm.  The twelve-day festival will feature approximately 175 screenings, arts and crafts, seminars and many activities for all ages.  The venue will once again be at the Baldwin-Hills Crenshaw mall, which includes the Rave Theater.

“Babu” takes time to pose with Judith & Fred Thomas

PAFF was the brainchild of Ayuko Babu and through the years his commitment to keep the festival in the Baldwin Hills community has paid off.  Artist come from various countries and cities within the United States to take part of the festival.   Also, there is great support from the community as most screenings get sold out or near capacity.


“We started with just a concept and over the years many venues to the north and west of Baldwin Hills have pleaded for us to move, but this is our treasure and for those who really like what we have to offer they are more than welcome to make the trek and discover what most of us already know. ”  Babu


For more information on screening times please check HERE


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