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Netflix Streaming Pick: Review Of 'Skin' (Starring Sophie Okonedo)

  • By Wendy Okoi-Obuli
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  • February 22, 2013 2:03 PM
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Based on a true story Skin looks at the life of Sandra Laing who, according to the Skin movie website synopsis was the embodiment of a phenomenon I'm sure that most white South Africans at the time (and maybe even now) would like to deny existed: "...a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds."

Netflix Streaming Pick: Review Of BBC Drama, 'Blood and Oil' (Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo Star)

  • By Wendy Okoi-Obuli
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  • February 21, 2013 2:01 PM
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The BBC two-part drama, Blood and Oil, which couldn't be more topical, is now streaming on Netflix for USA audiences.

PAFF 2013 Review - Shola Lynch's Sobering, Candid 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 19, 2013 10:01 AM
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Question: You had a pretty bourgeois and comfortable childhood, in Birmingham; and so did your sister [Angela]; can you trace the development of someone from that kind of background into a revolutionary and Marxist person?

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...