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PAFF Volunteer Party Weekend

The Labor Community Strategy Center
 Fight for the Soul of the Cities 
Pan African Film Festival
Presents

The Volunteer Party Weekend

By Invitation only
Drop in anytime to see the film of your choice
Friday June 23rd 7pm-12am
Saturday June 24 12pm-12am
Sunday June 25th 1pm-12am
3546 W Martin Luther King Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90008

Call Channing to RSVP Now

(323) 903-6238

VOLUNTEER PARTY WEEKEND SCREENING SCHEDULE

Friday, June 23

7:00p-8:22p                Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt (82m) – Bluray

8:40p-10:07p              Damilola, Our Loved Boy (87m) – DVD

10:20p-12:04a             Tanna (104m) – Bluray

Saturday, June 24

12:00p-12:59p           Short Series

12:00p-12:07p           Lemonade Mafia (7m) – Flashdrive

12:08p-12:38p           The Suit (30m) –

12:39p-12:59p           90 Days (20m) – DVD

1:00p-2:40p                Zaina: Rider of the Atlas (100m) – DVD

2:45p-4:15p                Blood & Henna (90m) – DVD

4:20p-6:16p                AfroLatinos: The Untaught History (96m) – DVD

6:20p-7:51p                While We Live (91m) – DCP

8:00p-8:28p                CA$H OUT (28m) –

8:30p-10:25p              Vaya (115m) – Bluray

10:30p-12:34a             93 Days (124m) –  Link

Sunday, June 25

1:00p-2:55p                Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise (114m) – DVD

3:00p-4:46p                Nawara (106m) – DCP

5:00p-6:34p                Kemtiyu: Cheikh Anta (94m) – Bluray

6:50p-8:40p                Everything But a Man (110m) – DVD

8:45p-10:15p              Tinpis Run (90m) – DVD

10:15p-11:49p            Besouro (94m) – DVD

 

Descriptions 

Friday, June 23

7:00p               Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt (Egypt/82m)

The first film for a world audience about one of the Arab & African world’s most transformative leaders. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrew the Egyptian monarchy and soon became a symbol of Arab and African progress and dignity. From 1952 to 1970, he challenged Western hegemony abroad, confronted Islamism at home, and faced deep divisions among the Arabs and Africans. He also established the region’s first military authoritarian regime. A man of enormous charisma and ambition, Nasser had begun a revolution he could not complete. But his ideas, dilemmas and decisions continue to shape and influence the African and Arab world. Award: PAFF Special Jury Recognition-Documentary

 

8:40p               Damilola, Our Loved Boy (UK/Nigeria/87m)

The shocking death of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor in 2000 saw an innocent schoolboy lose his life on the streets of London. In front of the world’s media, his parents embarked on a grueling path to find justice – but behind closed doors, how could their love survive such private grief? Revealing the personal story behind the headlines, viewers are immersed in Damilola’s world, exploring his journey from Lagos, Nigeria to London, and his family’s quest for justice. Told primarily from the point of view of Damilola’s father, this is a surprising, intimate and deeply moving story of fatherhood, family and hope. Awards: BAFTA Best Single Drama and Best Supporting Actress – Wunmi Mosaku

 

10:20p            Tanna (104m)

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new. 

 

Saturday, June 24

                                   12:00p             Short Series                

                                    12:00p             Lemonade Mafia (US/7m)

Kira’s organic lemonade dynasty is in jeopardy when newcomer Shantel moves in on her territory with her high-fructose corn sugar version of lemonade. It’s an all-out neighborhood war in a good-natured battle of wills between competing kid entrepreneurs in this light-hearted comedy for all ages.

12:08p             The Suit (South Africa/30m)

Based on the acclaimed short story by banned South African investigative journalist and author Can Themba, THE SUIT is set in 1950s Sophiatown, Johannesburg, against the backdrop of the apartheid regime’s forced removals under the Group Areas Act. THE SUIT tells the story of Philemon who discovers his wife, Matilda, in bed with a lover. The lover flees, leaving behind his suit. Philemon devises a cruel punishment, by forcing Matilda to treat the suit as a guest who must eat with them, go on walks and accompany them to church. The story is a powerful metaphor for the impact of oppression on personal relationships. It also explores how unforgiveness, intolerance and revenge are paradoxically self-destructive. Award: PAFF Special Jury Recognition-Narrative Short

12:39p             90 Days (US/20m)

Taylor is preparing for a date with his girlfriend, Jessica, to celebrate three months of dating. They have waited ninety days to have sex because they both agreed that sex gets in the way of truly getting to know your partner. Still, Taylor is sure that Jessica is the woman for him and intends to propose marriage. His best friend, Qwynn, thinks that he is crazy and encourages him to wait until after their relationship has been consummated when he knows more about her. Undeterred, Taylor has the ring and heads to Jessica’s for their dinner and to propose. Confronted with a case of cold feet, Taylor calls his no-nonsense mother who reassures him that he is not moving too fast and that Jessica is a wonderful woman. All is well, until Jessica reveals the true reason why she asked to wait ninety days. PAFF Festival Vision Award-Short

 

1:00p               Zaina: Rider of the Atlas (Morocco/France/Germany/100m)

An 11-year-old girl meets her real father for the first time after her mother’s death. Fleeing from her obsessed stepfather, whom she believes caused her mother’s death, the girl and her father travel to Marrakech where her father, a horseman, plans to participate in the most prestigious horse-race of North Africa. Pursued by the wealthy and powerful stepfather, the girl and her father slowly begin to create a bond that will get them through the hardships that lay both ahead and behind them. A beautifully told adventure film sure to become a family favorite.

 

2:45p               Blood & Henna (Nigeria/90m)

Nigeria, early 90s. Musa comes back to his village after his shop has been burnt in Lagos as a result of protests. Back home, he re-unites with his two friends, especially Shehu, a radical journalist who is now teaching the community’s kids in a makeshift school after running away from the city himself on account of the military’s crackdown on protesting journalists. Musa meets and falls in love with Saude, the daughter of the richest farmer in the village. The girl is married off to him after Musa successfully sells her father’s pepper in the city and makes huge amounts of money for her money-loving father. Their marriage is a happy one until Saude experiences a series of miscarriages and there is a meningitis outbreak in their area. This film should not be missed.

 

4:20p               AfroLatinos: The Untaught History (Latin America/US/96m)

More than five years in the making and filmed throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations across the Caribbean, Central and South America, this provocative documentary delves deep into the Afro-Latino experience as no one has ever done before. Covering topics ranging from history, identity, language, religious taboos, beautiful traditions, art and social issues, AfroLatinos: An Untaught History gives voice to the marginalized communities who have been excluded from history books for centuries. Featuring provocative scenes capturing intimate rituals, such as Santeria and Voodoo, it also offers revealing interviews with Afro-Latino celebrities, political figures, scientists, educators and anthropologists.

 

6:20p               While We Live (Sweden/91m)

Kandia, an African woman in her fifties who has lived in Sweden for 30 years, decides to move back to Gambia. Her son Ibbe, who dreams of a career in hiphop and is about to make a breakthrough, goes with her. Their encounter with their homeland, however, doesn’t turn out the way they imagined. A warm, broad drama comedy about a universal theme: identity.

 

8:00p               Ca$h Out (US/28m)

Social media is controlling our young generation today. Likes and followers are symbols of social status, popularity, wealth, and fame. We follow a day in the life of an African American girl and her quest to be beautiful, at least what she considers to be beautiful. The only problem is she believes she needs to change everything about her to ultimately shine her brightest. Award: PAFF Best Narrative Short

 

8:30p               Vaya (South Africa/115m)

This electrifying drama is a masterful synthesis of big-city anxieties and aspirations. Beginning on a train travelling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, Vaya focuses on three passengers and follows each of them into the city. They’re strangers to one another, yet bound by interlocking destinies and a shared naïveté. Nkulu is charged with retrieving his father’s remains from the capital and bringing them back home for burial. What he doesn’t know is that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele is chaperoning a young girl who’s en route to reunite with her mother, a singer who manages a tavern. When Zanele meets the mother’s charismatic boyfriend, he promises that he can get her on TV as a dancer, but there’s more to this offer than meets the eye. Nhlanhla, excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, is caught up in criminal activities — ranging from kidnapping to murder — the moment he gets off the train. Shifting effortlessly between scenes of intimacy and of bracing violence, Vaya exudes compassion for each of these small-town characters but does not hold back from plunging them into the urban snake pit that awaits.

 

10:30p             93 Days (Nigeria/124m)

When Liberian American Patrick Sawyer collapses upon arrival at Lagos’ Muritala Mohammed International Airport, he is taken to First Consultant Hospital, where he is admitted with fever like symptoms thought to be malaria. Against his denials of contact with any Ebola victims while in Liberia, the doctors at First Consultant, led by Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh quickly deduce there is more to his illness than malaria. Their vigilance leads to an early diagnosis of Ebola and commences a race against time to contain the deadly disease and prevent its spread throughout the City of Lagos. The hospital institutes strict barrier nursing practices and notifies the appropriate authorities. The Lagos State Government goes into overdrive and subsequently the President declares a state of emergency. A compelling story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival, 93 Days chronicles the true story of the men and women who risked their lives to prevent the outbreak and spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria which could have resulted in a doomsday scenario affecting the entire world. Stars Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola (nominated for AMAA Best Actress), Tim Reid, Samuel Adeniyi-Jones, Somkele Idhalama and Keppy Ekpenyong. PAFF Festival Vision Award-Narrative Feature; Nominated for Best Nigerian Feature in the upcoming Africa Movie Academy Awards, July 15,2017in Lagos, Nigeria

 

Sunday, June 25 

1:00p               Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise (US/114m)

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life– as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true African-American/American icon. The film also features a remarkable series of interviews with friends and family including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Secretary Hillary Clinton, John Singleton and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson. Award: PAFF Best Documentary Feature

 

3:00p               Nawara (Egypt/106m)

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Nawara lives in poverty with her grandmother because she and her husband of five years cannot afford to move in together. Despite her misfortune, Nawara remains sweet and optimistic. She works as a maid for a wealthy family closely linked to the Mubarak regime. (Mubarak was the former totalitarian president of Egypt.) They live inside a posh gated community and understand nothing of Nawara’s world and she can only observe theirs. When political unrest in Egypt becomes threatening, the wealthy family leaves the country and asks Nawara to stay in their home so as to give the impression that they are only gone for a short time. Over her husband’s loud objections, Nawara agrees to stay. This beautifully layered social commentary addresses issues of economic upheaval, political turmoil, women, class, and race (Nawara’s husband is Nubian, and their relationship is the first time interracial intimacy has been shown on Egyptian screens.) As is always too often the case, in post-revolutionary, as in pre-revolutionary, Egypt, the poor get screwed while the rich get away. Award: PAFF Best Narrative Feature

 


5:00p               Kemtiyu: Cheikh Anta (Sénégal/94m)

‘The Universal Man,’ ‘The Capital Contemporary,’ ‘The Giant of Knowledge,’ ‘The Last Pharaoh’… these were the headlines in the West African country of Senegal the day after the death of Cheikh Anta Diop on February 7, 1986. Thirty years later, KEMTIYU paints a portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop, a trail-blazing scholar with an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge as well as an honest, enlightened political figure. The venerated historian and scientist Cheikh Anta Diop proved that ancient Egyptians were Black through linguistics and carbon dating. He was also a fervent Pan Africanist who called for the United States of Africa. With original music score by world-famous jazz pianist Randy Weston, this beautifully presented portrait is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the restoration of Africa’s historical significance and dignity. Kemet is the ancient name for Egypt. Kemtiyu means the inhabitants of Kemet. Not to be missed. PAFF Festival Vision Award-Documentary Feature

 

6:50p               Everything But a Man (US/110m)

She’s sexy, smart, successful… and still single. Everything but a Man explores the paradox modern career women face, having to think and act like a man in the work world, but still be expected to behave like “a lady” in order to keep a man. The story follows a high-achieving but secretly lonely lawyer who despite all her material success is a failure when it comes to love. Things heat up for her when she meets a handsome, mysterious immigrant from Haiti. But his radical lifestyle differences threaten to shake up her world and challenge her beliefs on love, relationships and what it means to be a “strong” woman. Race, class, gender and culture all clash in this unconventional romantic comedy-drama. Come check it out. PAFF Audience Award-Feature Narrative

 

8:45p               Tinpis Run (Papua-New Guinea/France/90m)

The first feature-length fiction film from Papua-New Guinea. An entertaining and poetic story focused on the corrosion of daily life of the island’s inhabitants as a result of ethnic conflict and the transition from traditional to modern culture. Set in the beauty and enchantment of Papua-New Guinea. A rare opportunity to see our brothers and sisters in the South Pacific.

 

10:15p Besouro (Brazil/94m)

Based on the life of the legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, this action-packed tale recreates the life story of Manuel Henrique Pereira, one of Brazil’s most famous practitioners of capoeira (African martial arts). After being orphaned at the turn of the 20th century, Pereira learns capoeira and becomes known as Besouro (beetle) because of his amazing abilities, which he uses to combat racism and the cruel conditions suffered by Afro-Brazilians. One of the biggest Brazilian cinematic productions ever made. An award-winning feature film.