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PAFF 2013 Review: Charles Murray's Spoken Word Love Story 'Things Never Said'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 18, 2013 4:42 PM
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In his feature directorial debut, longtime television writer/EP Charles Murray takes a turn from TV action-drama to deliver a decidedly black love story reminiscent of the late '90s heyday of the genre.

PAFF 2013 Review: Eugene Jarecki’s 'The House That I Live In'

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • February 18, 2013 2:29 PM
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PAFF 2013 Review - Christian Lara’s '1802: Freedom Now'

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • February 18, 2013 1:33 PM
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PAFF Review – Christian Lara’s “1802: Freedom Now”

PAFF 2013 Short Film Review - 'The Divorce Counselor'

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • February 18, 2013 12:17 PM
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2013 PAFF (SHORTS) REVIEW: THE DIVORCE COUNSELOR

PAFF 2013 Review: Sudz Sutherland's Powerful Deportation/Survival Drama 'Home Again'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 17, 2013 7:22 PM
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Now screening at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Home Again follows the loosely intersecting stories of three young people deported “home” to Jamaica after having spent most of their lives growing up in other countries. Directed and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, the well-done action drama highlights the devastating outcomes of legislation in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that made it easier to deport foreign-born people for minor crimes, often separating them from the only home and family they know.

PAFF 2013 Review: 'alaskaLand,' an Endearing Story of Brother-and-Sisterhood

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 15, 2013 8:00 PM
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Chukwuma is living through that difficult in-between time in young adulthood that many refer to as finding yourself. He is caught in the schism between going to college and going to work, being a proud Nigerian and blending in as an American, and figuring out what he wants to do with his life in the long run. To complicate things, he’s in Fairbanks, Alaska – one of the coldest and most isolated places in the country.

PAFF 2013 Review: 'Slavery By Another Name' (Powerful, Eye-Opening Account Of *Lost* American History)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 15, 2013 1:20 PM
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Screening at the ongoing Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in the latter half of this year's run, with 3 days to go...

PAFF 2013 Review: Unconventional Dark Romance 'Apartment 4E' Anchored By Challenging, Compelling Performances

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 14, 2013 9:14 PM
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Screening at the ongoing Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in the latter half of this year's run, is Russell Sharman’s micro-budget indie Apartment 4E (previously titled Small Of Her Back) - a two-character dark romance about Piper (Nicole Beharie), a young woman diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder who gets a knock on her door by John (newcomer Christopher Domig), a man who claims to be the brother of a Molly; the latter is a woman Piper has built an online relationship with for the past three months.

PAFF 2013 Review - Alí Allié's & Ruben Reyes' Thoughtful, Enlightening 'Garifuna In Peril'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 13, 2013 1:18 PM
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Screening at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in the latter half of this year's run, the film's title Garifuna in Peril is suggestive enough, and should clue you in to what the the film's focus is - in short, the fight for the preservation of a culture (by those who are indigenous to it) that's practically on the brink of extinction.

PAFF 2013 Review: 'Nairobi Half Life' Offers Engaging Spin on Big City Tale

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • February 13, 2013 11:16 AM
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I didn't really know what to expect when I sat down in the theater to watch Nairobi Half Life at this year's Pan African Film Festival. I heard about the film in passing, but not much beyond that. The storyline is familiar, a young man from a small town ventures to the big city in hopes of pursuing his dreams.
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