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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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PAFF 2013 Review: 'Stones In The Sun' Is A Gripping Tale About Haitian Immigrants In The U.S.

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 12, 2013 1:36 PM
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It’s seldom we get to see authentic, complex and tactful character representations from the West Indies on the screen, especially in cinema. In her compelling and heartfelt feature film debut, Haitian filmmaker Patricia Benoit follows three Haitian immigrant families seeking refuge in Brooklyn NY from the sociopolitical upheaval surrounding them in their native country during the 1980’s. 

PAFF 2013 Review – 'Talking With The Taxman About Poetry'

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • February 11, 2013 8:31 PM
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My screening of Lamont Pierre’s, “Talking with the Taxman about Poetry,” had all the trappings of a mysterious blind date. I did not know anything about the films storyline, I did not know anything about the director, and I did not have concrete intentions of actually seeing the film. It all happened by happenstance.

PAFF 2013 Review: 'La Playa D.C.': An Afro-Colombian Coming of Age Story

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • February 11, 2013 6:57 AM
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There's an interesting scene in Juan Andres Arongo's La Playa D.C., where main character Tomas and his older brother El Chaco walk through a ritzy mall, and are accosted by security guards who question their presence. After being thrown out of the mall, El Chaco angrily exclaims that he left Colombia because of incidents like that.
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PAFF 2013 Review - Juan Andrés Arango's Quietly Absorbing 'La Playa D.C.'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2013 8:13 PM
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Juan Andrés Arango's La Playa D.C. is a familiar tale wrapped in different packaging, we could say, which speaks to the commonly-held belief that, once you strip away what lies at the surface of any work of film art, and get to its core, you'll find themes that are universal.

PAFF 2013 Review - 'Dreams Of A Life' (Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Fragments)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 9, 2013 11:15 PM
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By now I’m sure we’re all familiar with the story, even if it’s just the broad details of it – young woman dies in her apartment and her body isn’t discovered for a good 3 years, as it lay there putrefying – which actually sounds like it could be a pitch for a fictional narrative, but actually is very real.

PAFF 2013 Review - Psycho Thriller 'Vipaka' Aims To Thrill But Underwhelms

  • By Shadow And Act
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  • February 8, 2013 10:17 AM
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Directed by French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena), the psychological thriller Vipaka was the opening night film at the Pan African Film Festival in LA last night.

Flashback To 2010 - 'Takers' (Derivative, But Passable, Mostly Entertaining, PG-13 Heist Flick)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 28, 2013 4:56 PM
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I watched this over the weekend, while revisiting previous Rainforest Films productions, as the company continues to build upon past successes, with even more successful films (see Think Like A Man last year. Also, 2014 should be a big year for the company).

Sundance 2013 Review: 'God Loves Uganda'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 28, 2013 3:00 PM
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Sundance 2013 Review: 'American Promise'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 28, 2013 10:04 AM
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