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30th Annual Pan African Film Festival Starts April 19th

30th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival, PAFF is celebrating its 30th year. In-person film screenings and in-person art showcase is a must attend. Main venues are the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Tuesday, April 19th is the Opening Night of the 30th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival. This is the largest Black Film & Arts Festival in the nation. PAFF will kick-off its two-week event, with an opening night ceremony and screening of REMEMBER ME: THE MAHALIA JACKSON STORY. PAFF co-founder and Academy Award winner, Danny Glover will speak at the opening night film. Grammy winning artist Ledisi, Columbus Short, Janet Hubert, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Vanessa A. Williams, Keith David, Luenell, Michael Blackson, Nicki Micheaux, Buddy Lewis, Kareem J. Grimes, and other notable talent are expected to attend this years festival opening night. 5:30 pm Red Carpet Arrivals; 7:00 pm Screening. Directors Guild of America (DGA), 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. PAFF continues through May 1 at Cinemark Baldwin Hills.

PAFF is one of America’s largest Black History Month events and is the largest Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada, and increasingly Asia. In conjunction with its film festival, PAFF simultaneously hosts a renowned art showcase, ARTFEST, held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon”), the beloved Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu (pronounced Eye-you-co Bah-boo), an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.

PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and other creative expressions. Visit their website here at

Read their fact sheet here at


30th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

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