Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Pan African Film Festival

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http://www.paff.org/
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The 19th Annual Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles kicks off today with writer and director Russ Parr’s “35 and Ticking” film premiere tonight. Expected at the premiere are many of Black Hollywood celebrities and a few African celebrities including Ngo Okafor and Ghana’s A-List Actress Nadia Buari.Throughout the event which will be held from today February 16th-23rd, 2011, 6 African films will be shown. See their synopsis and trailer info below:
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FEW TRAILERS FROM THE MANY AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHO WILL BE REPRESENTING
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YEAR: 2009
COUNTRY: Ghana
GENRE: Narrative Feature /TIME: 120min
DIRECTOR: Shirley Frimpong-Manso
SYNOPSIS: In this Ghanaian cross between “Best Man” and “Soul Food” three beautiful women, pushing thirty, make bold attempts to change their lives even when destiny plays its joke on them. From a marriage that seems almost doomed from the beginning, to an affair with an unlikely candidate and the endless pursuit of love, the three friends will learn the harsh lessons of life, the challenges of marriage, the fatality of falling in love and the rewards of having a good laugh in the midst of sorrow. Ghana’s top-grossing film
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NIGERIA
YEAR: 2009
COUNTRY: Nigeria
GENRE: Narrative Feature/ TIME: 120min/
DIRECTOR: Kunle Afolayan
SYNOPSIS: Two buddies and a girl–all down on their luck–have their lives changed after one of them discovers “Araromire,” a mysterious figurine in an abandoned shrine which, according to ancient legend, bestows seven years of good luck. But no one told them about the next seven years. This is a multi-cultural and contemporary feature highlighting essence and efficacy of tradition, friendship, betrayal and love. It transcends both the ancient and the modern day. Winner of the 2010 African Movie Academy Award for Best Feature.
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cant post the trailer - cos the link is faulty

The Kenyas are killing it lately - they are slow but sure and I am loving me some Kenyan movie industry right now - fastest rising and one of the best if not the best amongst the anglophone countries. They take their time and do great work worth great to make it to global festivals (unlike some others - abeg watch and learn). This trailer below (FIRST GRADER) looks great and i cant wait to watch it - i know Oyibos love inspirational stories of such and probably give them the prize - It will be worth it - I am so mad i could not make it to the PAFF 2011 as planned.
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YEAR: 2010,
COUNTRY: UK/Kenya
GENRE: Narrative Feature, TIME: 120min
DIRECTOR: Justin Chadwick
SYNOPSIS: Taking advantage of a 2002 Kenyan law that guaranteed free education for all, 84-year-old Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge, a veteran Mau Mau freedom fighter, shows up at his local one-room school, walking stick in hand. The sympathetic principal reluctantly turns him away, but Kimani returns the next day, and the day after that. Eventually, she allows him to stay and he ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds. But there is fierce opposition to his presense in the classroom by school officials and parents who think at his age, Kimani is squandering precious school resources. Interspersed with the modern day are flashbacks of Kimani’s cruel treatment at the hands of British imperialists in detention camps during the struggle for independence. Set in a mountain village in Kenya this is the remarkable true and emotionally uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write.
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