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Message from: MIKI GORAL (
About: Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival

Mon, 4 Nov 1996 14:23:03 -0500

Originally from: MIKI GORAL <>
Originally dated: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 14:23:03 -0500

In regard to the discussion about African film festivals in Los
Angeles, I am forwarding information about the upcoming
5TH PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, which will take place
January 29-February 9, 1997.


Contact: Ayuko Babu, Executive Director
Tel: 213-295-1706; Fax: 213-295-1952

Los Angeles: THE 5th PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (PAFF), the largest
film festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent Black
films in the United States, will be held January 29-February 9,
1997 at the new Magic Johnson Theatres and Laemmle's Sunset 5
Theatres. We expect 20,000 people to attend.

PAFF presents over fifty (50) of the finest motion pictures,
shorts, and documentaries from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin
America, Europe, the South Pacific, Canada, and the United States.
The films cover a wide range of themes -- love, politics,
adventure, traditional legends, mystery, comedy, and drama -- all
showcasing the complexity and diversity of African peoples.

Over 60% of the films included in the FESTIVAL will be Los Angeles
premieres and many are U.S. premieres. Many of the films to be
exhibited have already won prestigious awards and prizes at other
international film festivals.

This year, as we have done each year, PAFF will invite
international filmmakers and actors who will present their films
and participate in formal and informal discussions and
interviews with the FESTIVAL audience and the press.

Special FESTIVAL programs include the Opening Night Gala, the
Saturday Children's Festivals for youngsters and their families,
the StudentFest for middle and high school students, Senior
Connections for senior citizens, Forums, and a Closing Night
Reception. The Opening Night Gala will be emceed by Sheila
Frazier, producer of Screen Scene on the Black Entertainment

PAFF provides a forum for community organizations to hold annual
fundraisers and receptions. Groups may purchase a block of tickets
at a discounted price and plan to have a reception either before or
after a screening.

PAFF is collaborating with the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to
CAAH will bring together a major Black film festival with the exhibition of
the works of more than 100 prominent and emerging Black artists.
Mr. Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Cookie Johnson will be the Co-Hosts
of the combined events.

Among the attendees at the 1996 PAFF were Alfre Woodard, Eriq La
Salle, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Kim Fields Tommy Ford, Blair Underwood,
director Charles Burnett, Beau Bridges, Tyne Daly, Clarence
Williams III, Jasmine Guy, Lorraine Toussaint, Robert Guillaume,
Juan Carlos Esposito, Reginald Hudlin, Warrington Hudlin, Carl
Lumbly, Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams, Councilman Mark
Ridley Thomas, Ja'Net Dubois, John Randolph, Glynn Turman, director
Julie Dash, blues musician Taj Mahal, and international directors
Ngozi Onwurah, Mweze Ngangura, Keith Shire, and Francois Woucoache.

Magic Johnson Theatres are located at the corner of Martin Luther
King, Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw. Laemmle's Sunset-5 Theatres are
located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights.

Miki Goral
UCLA, University Research Library
Reference Department
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Tel: 310.825.1544; Fax: 310.825.4139

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