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Review: Raoul Peck's Exposé On Haiti's Post-Earthquake Billions, 'Fatal Assistance' (Opens Friday)

  • By Karina Griffith
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  • February 24, 2014 3:17 PM
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Review: Raoul Peck's Exposé On Haiti's Post-Earthquake Billions, 'Fatal Assistance' (Opens Friday)

Review: Nelson George's 'Finding The Funk' Documentary

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 21, 2014 8:22 PM
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Filmmaker and pop culture critic Nelson George, who’s written extensively on music throughout his career, brings his love of funk to conversations with icons like Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Nile Rodgers of Chic, James Brown, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and Sheila E., as well as contemporary artists like D'Angelo and The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, who also narrates the film.

2014 PAFF Review: Patrik-Ian Polk's 'Blackbird'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 19, 2014 4:07 PM
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With past films like The Skinny and Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk has become known for steamy ensemble dramedies about the lives and romantic woes of black gay men. His latest, Blackbird, while focused on a younger set of characters with tamer sexual history, has Polk’s imprint all over it, painting a vivid picture of the struggle, shame and awkwardness that comes with growing up black and gay in a tiny Mississippi town.

PAFF 2014 Review: 'Brothers Hypnotic' Documents the Struggle of Every Independent Artist

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 16, 2014 12:54 PM
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This conflict between independent ideals and mainstream success is the basis for Brothers Hypnotic, the feature documentary from first-time filmmaker Reuben Atlas.

PAFF 2014 Review- 'Ninah's Dowry': A Brutal, Moving Look at the Bride Price

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • February 16, 2014 2:22 AM
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PAFF 2014 Review- 'Ninah’s Dowry': A Brutal, Moving Look at the Bride Price

Review: 'The New Black' Offers Complex Portrait of Black Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Now In Theaters)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • February 14, 2014 10:18 AM
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Review: 'The New Black' Offers Complex Portrait of Black Same-Sex Marriage Debate (Now In Theaters)

PAFF 2014 Review: Michael Beach Stars in Uneven, Seattle-based Dramedy, 'Scrapper'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • February 13, 2014 3:01 PM
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There’s an interesting thing about audience. Filmmakers make movies with them in mind, but don’t have any control over their reaction. Such was the case in Wednesday night’s screening of Scrapper, at this year’s Pan African Film Festival.

New To Netflix Streaming Review: Contained Drama 'Four' Explores Issues of Identity and Secrecy

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 13, 2014 12:20 PM
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New To Netflix Streaming Review: Contained Drama 'Four' Explores Issues of Identity and Secrecy

PAFF 2014 Review: 'Anita' and the Politics of Sex, Race and Power

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 12, 2014 7:09 PM
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The film is timely as it highlights issues surrounding sexual harassment that are very much alive today. The documentary is much less about Thomas and the specific allegations than it is about the backlash that women in particular, and victimized people in general, face when they decide to stand against someone in a position of power.

PAFF 2014 Review: 'For the Cause' Takes Political Causes Personally

  • By Ade D. Adeniji
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  • February 12, 2014 2:23 PM
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PAFF 2014 Review: 'For the Cause' Takes Political Causes Personally