The 25th Annual Pan-African Film Festival, will be held this year, from Feb 9-20, in Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at the Caribbean films and films by Caribbean filmmakers, selected as part of the Festival.
by Mariette Monpierre
Showtimes: Sat, Feb11@7:00p; Mon, Feb13@6:10p
A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island of Guadeloupe looking for the father she has never known. Stunning visuals and an incredible soundtrack makes this a beauty, not to be missed!
by Jonal Cosculluela
Showtimes: Sat, Feb11@6:05p; Mon, Feb13@8:30p
The story of nine-year-old Esteban who dreams of becoming a concert pianist. He lives with his single mother who can not afford to pay for piano lessons. Despite what seems to be an impossibility, Esteban maintains his determination to develop his talent and achieve his dreams. Original music of 4-time Grammy winner Chucho Valdés. Winner Audience Favorite 2016 Havana Film Festival.
Every Cook Can Govern: The Life, Impact & Works of C.L.R. James
by Ceri Dingle & Rob Harris
Trinidad & Tobago/UK
Showtimes: Sun, Feb12@2:30p; Tue, Feb14@3:30p
The first feature-length documentary to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James. This historical tour-de-force interweaves never before seen footage of C.L.R. James with unique testimony from those he knew, alongside interviews with the world’s most eminent scholars of James to provide astute contextual and political analysis of his life, work and politics. Through a challenging overview of his life and his thoughts on colonialism to cricket, from Marxism to the movies, from reading to revolution, what emerges is an understanding of what it meant to be an uncompromising revolutionary in the 20th Century. For those who know little of C.L.R. James, author of “The Black Jacobins,” the seminal work on Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution, this is a great place to start.
by Hester Jonkhout
Showtimes: Sat, Feb11@11:15a; Fri, Feb17@3:50p
Two creatures find themselves in nowhere land. When they discover each other, chemistry happens. An examination of human attraction through dance.
by Cassie Quarless + Usayd Younis
Showtimes: Fri, Feb17@6:00p; Mon, Feb20@1:00p
GOOD HAIR BAD HAIR (PELO BUENO PELO MALO)
by Sarah Akrobettoe
Showtimes: Sat, Feb11@2:00p; Tue, Feb14@4:00p
A light-hearted exploration into the cultural politics of ‘fashionable’ hairstyles in Cuba, the ways in which people feel judged by their appearance and the extraordinary lengths that Habaneros will go to in order to feel accepted in society.
CHICO & RITA
by Fernando Trueba, Javier Marischttps://youtu.be/Ib3ROi2kjj4al & Tono Errando
Narrative Feature (Animated)
Showtimes: Tue, Feb14@6:35p
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. Move over “Black Orpheus,” “Chico and Rita” is here.
ORI INU: IN SEARCH OF SELF
by Chelsea Odufu
Showtime: Fri, Feb17@1:00p; Sat, Feb18@12:45p
In this coming of age story, a young immigrant woman must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomblé. Screens with Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.
by Khris Burton
Showtimes: Fri, Feb10@10:20p; Sun, Feb19@10:00p
Sci Fi Shorts. J0.hn, an emotionless and regulated citizen of THE CITY, awakes on a deserted island 10, 000 miles away from civilization. Equipped with the R3G, a symbiotic watch ruled by a very advanced A.I that regulate his emotions and keeps him indefinitely “operational,” J0.hn starts to plan his own rescue but things get radically complicated…
THE FARM (LA GRANJA)
by Angel Manuel Soto
Showtimes: Fri, Feb10@5:40p; Sun, Feb12@6:30p
Barrio La Esperanza is a small sector of a Macondo-like island forgotten due to the catastrophic effects of the economic depression and drug addiction gripping Puerto Rico. Three lives are pushed to the limit and reveal how their pursuit of hope dehumanizes them and exposes their animal instincts. Ingrid, a repressed and barren midwife in her 50s, has always wanted a child. While working at the local hospital, she realizes that most of the pregnant women are heroin addicts, making her wonder if she is better suited to be a mother than they will ever be. The envy and vicious hope pushes Ingrid on a downward spiral with no turning back. At the same time, Fausto, a former pro boxer and now a cock fighter owner in his 40s, trains his teenage son, Santito, to become a boxing champion. Due to a massive debt in cock fights to the local bookie, Fausto is forced to use Santito as the cruel vehicle to get the money he owes by submitting him to the underground, underage fighting scene. Lastly we have Lucho, an overweight, mute kid who commutes on his bike all over town, and who is trying to get the affection of Sara, his junkie stepsister. When Sara’s life is suddenly in danger, Lucho sees the opportunity to be her hero. Paradoxically, Lucho’s innocence and good intentions are used by his own family for a greater evil. When he is by himself, Lucho finds a friend on a stray horse tied to a tree, which serves as the perfect metaphor of a society destroyed by indifference and intolerance.
THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD
by Damani Baker
Showtimes: Fri, Feb10@8:10p; Sun, Feb12@1:20p
An intimate portrait of activist and teacher, Fannie Haughton, who moves her children from Oakland, California to participate in the Grenada Revolution – only to find her family in harm’s way of a U.S. military invasion. Now more 30 years later, her son searches for historical and emotional truth that will confirm his mother’s place in American history. With an original score by Meshell Ndegeocello, filmmaker Damani Baker (Still Bill) creates an intimate family portrait of nationalism, freedom and the dream of a more livable world.
by Ed LaBorde
US Virgin Islands
Showtimes: Sat, Feb11@9:30p; Mon, Feb13@3:05p
Where do Hurricanes come from? There is a theory that suggests that because they take the same path slave ships took, hurricanes are actually the souls of Africans who suffered in the middle passage. Timeless is the story of Ajuwa, a young Ghanaian warrior, who loses her soulmate to the slave trade. Their souls reunite in the present in the form of Malinda Benjamin, a Senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alphonse Walcott, a gifted writer who has returned home from New York. The kindling of the relationship goes sour when Alphonse meets Bianca, an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic, sent to work in a seedy brothel in St.Thomas and falls instantly in love with her. Tension builds to a brewing storm as details of the past relationship are revealed, mirroring the present and the true nature of the spiritual misconnection in the transcendental love triangle is revealed. Timeless is a love story that brings the beautiful colors, emotion and culture of the Virgin Islands to the big screen. Carnival serves as a significant backdrop to this production and helps to highlight the history and culture of not only the islands but of the Caribbean as it relates to the African Diaspora.
by Phillip Niang
Showtimes: Sat, Feb11@8:30p; Sun, Feb19@2:00p
A two-part epic film of the life of Haitian revolutionary, Toussaint Louverture who led the first successful slave revolt in world history by defeating the imperialist armies of Napoleon Bonaparte and setting up the first free Black nation in the Western Hemisphere. Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga and Sonia Rolland.