Preview The Pan African Film Festival 2019


The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), is celebrating 27 Years as the largest, most prestigious black film festival.  This year PAFF is back in action with a unique lineup of over 170 Black films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, and more, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

2019 film festival

PAFF will exhibit more than 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople, starting on Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18, 2019, at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA).


The festival kicks off with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s cherished

“Amazing Grace,” concert documentary, produced by Alan Elliott, which was originally directed by Sydney Pollack in 1972.  The film is considered “a rare gem in the crown of the late musical genius,” but has not been seen before now due to technical and rights issues.  The film stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland, Reverend C.L. Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, Mother Ward, Sydney Pollack, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger.

Additional highlighted films include  Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story (US), directed by Art L. Jones; Buffalo Soldiers: A Quest for Freedom (US), directed by The Isabelle Brothers, and Rafiki (Kenya), directed by Wanuri Kahiu.

Special events throughout the international festival, include a SpokenWORD Fest, PAFF Fashion Show, StudentFest, Senior Connections, and panels and workshops featuring industry insiders.


In order to obtain tickets and festival passes visit their website at PAFF.org.

Moe N. Reed
A creative with a background in screenwriting and entertainment news.

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