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'About Last Night,' 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' ''Blackbird' Bolster Pan African Film Fest 2014, 2/6-17

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 6, 2014 at 12:38PM

'About Last Night,' 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' ''Blackbird' Bolster Pan African Film Fest 2014, 2/6-17
Kevin Hart & Regina Hall in "About Last Night"
Kevin Hart & Regina Hall in "About Last Night"

I love this trio of Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night films that the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will screen, when the festival takes over Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, starting TONIGHT, February 6-17, 2014.

A non-American Diaspora (specifically South African) film in Of Good Report, opening the festival; a Hollywood production in About Last Night, as the festival's centerpiece film, making its World Premiere; and an independent film in Blackbird, closing the festival.

Unfortunately, I've only seen one of them I've seen (Of Good Report) and highly recommend it for those attending the festival. But the other two certainly have my interest: About Last Night is a remake of the 1986 rom-com (itself an adaptation of a David Mamet play). Produced by super producer Will Packer, it stars Michael EalyRegina Hall, Kevin Hart, and Joy Bryant; Meanwhile Blackbird is the 5th feature film from Patrik-Ian Polk, which counts Isaiah Washington and Mo'Nique (making her first big screen appearance since Precious) as cast members.

Other high-profile entries include Half Of A Yellow Sun, 1982, Grisgris, and others.

PAFF is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year, screening a total of 172 films - 37 documentaries, 23 short documentaries, 55 narrative features, and 57 narrative shorts, as well as 11 webseries in the new category of new media - all representing 46 countries.

The festival will hand out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, Best First Feature Film, and Best Web Series as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival.

For more information about the official selections of the Pan African Film Festival, visit the festival’s website at

Of course, S&A will have a presence there, so look for a few reviews from our LA-based contributors.

The Pan African Film Festival thanks all the filmmakers for their submissions. After thousands of hours of film, screening PAFF has proudly selected the film, short, and webseries choices for 2014. All shorts, webseries, and feature films that will screen at PAFF this year are listed together below in alphabetical order.

Click on the names of the films below which will take you to the festival's website, where you can read film summaries and see trailers. 

…and a bag of chip…
A Different Tree
A Lovely Day
A Man Called God
About Last Night
African Cypher, The
American Beatboxer
American Promise
And Then There Was Y…
And Then…*
Anita: Speaking Trut…
Audre Lorde: The Ber…
B for Boy
Bahamian Son
Bash, The
Between Friends (Ith…
Bicycle, The
Big Men
Black Che, the First…
Black and Cuba
Blood Tokoloshe
Blue Caprice
Boarder, The
Bravest, the Boldest…
Brothers Hypnotic
Bully, The
Burning Down
Burnt Forest
Cakes Da Killa: No H…
Chasing Shakespeare
Chicken Soup*
Clean Hands
Confusion Na Wa
Crossing The Line
Cuba: An African Ody…
Culture Over Everyth…
Curators Volume 1, T…
Daddy and Me
Dance Up From the St…
Dancing Like Home
Danger Word
Daughter of Fortune
Daughters of the Nig…
Death of a Wizard
Desi Holiday
Diaries of an Immigr…
Dream: Martin Luther…
Erroll Garner: No On…
Finding the Funk
For the Cause
Forgotten Kingdom, T…
Four of Hearts*
Freedom Road
Freedom Summer
From the Rough
Funkquaria Rising
Girl With Big Eyes (…
Go for Sisters
God Loves Uganda
Goodnight My Love
Great Kilapy, The (O…
Half of a Yellow Sun
Hitting the Waves (K…
Horizon Beautiful
I Am a Man: Black Ma…
Imma Hustle Girl “Th…
In Between Life
In Our Heads About O…
In Search of the Bla…
Inner City Champions
Jaimeo Brown’s Trans…
Kampala Story, The
KanyeKanye (The Line…
Kingston Paradise
Kwaku Ananse
Last Song Before the…
Layla Fourie
Learning How to Read…
Lessons of Hayti, Th…
Let the Fire Burn
Lives of LaMott Atki…
Living Funeral
Love Thy Neighbor
Lunch with Jeremiah
Magic City, The
Meeting, The
Melvin & Jean: A…
Mr. Pullum’s Class
My American Fund
My Zaphira (Moi Zaph…
New Black, The
Nigga… Nigga… NI…
Ninah’s Dowry
No Child Left Depriv…
Of Good Report
One Night in Vegas
Painted Lady
Papilio Buddha
Parts of Disease
Perfect Day
President, The
Price of Memory, The
Promise, The
RasTa: A Soul’s Jour…
Red, White, Black &a…
Reflections Unheard:…
Retrieval, The
Sable Fable
Saya: Dance and Surv…
Second Burial: Survi…
Skin, The
Small Small Thing
Something Necessary
Son Shine
Sons of Africa
Speed Dial
Stone Cars
Successor of Katunga…
Suspect, The
Thank You Card
They Are We
Thorn of the Rose, T…
Through a Lens Darkl…
Til Infinity: The So…
Toussaint Louverture
Trace, The
Tula the Revolt
Two Stories of Adama…
Urban Rhythm
Victim of Circumstan…
Village of Peace, Th…
Volunteer, The
Water Gives, Water T…
Where Ya At
Women West Indies Di…
Yellow Fever

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