As the rest of the entertainment capital remains embroiled in a discussion of the question of diversity and inclusion, the 2016 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is set to showcase an abundance of visual treats from every corner of the African diaspora.
Founder and executive director Ayuko Babu is justifiably excited about the 160 films in this, its 24th incarnation of the PAFF.
“We bring fresh, new stories from Black folks around the world every year,” says the activist and film aficionado, who shared just a few of the 160 offerings from the upcoming event.
Opening night on Thursday, Feb. 4 will highlight a screening of “America is Still the Place,” a narrative based on chronicling the real-life exploits of Korean War veteran Charlie Walker, who used the calamity of a 1971 San Francisco oil spill to carve out an opportunity to engineer his economic independence while saving a beach town from environmental ruin.
“Fifty,” an alternative take on African stereotypes, is set among the thriving upper-middle class environs of Lagos, Nigeria. This narrative is an examination of the middle-life crisis of four successful women as they juggle careers and family life in Africa’s largest city.
Source/read more: BalancingAct Africa, February 12th, 2016