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TONIGHT: Post-Screening Q&A w/ Melvin Van Peebles At Black Panther Film Fest 'Sweetback' Event

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2013 6:09 PM
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The 5th annual Black Panther Party Film Festival, produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with Maysles Cinema here in NYC, opens its doors this evening, running in 2 sections - first from September 27th-28th, and then from October 3rd-5th.Included in the festival's lineup this year is a special (and very fitting) screening of Melvin Van Peebles'Sweet Sweetback's Baasasssss Song, TONIGHT at 7pm, which will be followed by a Q&A with Mr Van Peebles himself, who'll be present, live.I'm only just finding out about this (the email announcement was buried in my spam folder), so sorry for the short notice! If you're in NYC, and you're looking for something to do this evening, head on up (or down, depending on where you live) to Harlem, for tonight's screening and Q&A with the man himself.Without further ado, here's the full festival schedule, courtesy of Maysles:NOT TO BE MISSED. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RIFF Review: Social-Realist 'Diego Star' Anchored by Issaka Sawadogo's Layered, Splendid Performance

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 27, 2013 12:22 PM
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Issaka Sawadogo remains a mystery here in the States, but you ought to pay attention – his work has been profiled on S&A a few times in the past (HERE and HERE) – because the Burkinabe actor is bestowed with serious acting range.

Trailer Watch: Teens Just Want to Have Fun in Portugal's 'The End of the World'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 26, 2013 2:59 PM
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"A day at the beach, just before the summer holidays. A recently arrived girl who causes some curiosity. A whisper. A disruption – power goes out, a general blackout – maybe it was an accident, maybe it’s only a pretext for a night together."

US Premieres Of 'Of Good Report,' 'Children's Republic' Topline 4th Silicon Valley African Film Fest

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 26, 2013 1:10 PM
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The 4th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival will take place from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, presented by the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View, CA.

Watch Preview for Doc 'Samba Ladies' (Female Founders of Brazil's Most Important Cultural Dance)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 26, 2013 12:48 PM
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Regarded as Brazil's most significant cultural tradition and way of expression, the dance samba, originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the 19th Century.

'Spotlight Africa' Film Series + Directors Panel At Chicago Int’l Film Festival Next Month

  • By Sergio
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  • September 24, 2013 1:52 PM
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As part of its commitment to present African cinema, this year the 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival will be screening a series of 13 films from African filmmakers throughout the festival, that they call Spotlight Africa, of which several of the films being screened we have profiled extensively before on S & A.

Festival do Rio Announces Added Films & Latin Première & Environment Sections Titles

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 23, 2013 2:49 PM
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Over the weekend, the festival announced it has added eleven new titles to its international sections, as well as the full line up of films showing in its Latin Première and Environment sections. I'll be scrubbing through the list for titles to highlight in individual posts, but in the meantime, check out the full list of films selected below.

UWFF 2013 Review: 'Magic City' - A Poignant Coming-of-age Tale Where Girls Take Center Stage

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • September 20, 2013 3:33 PM
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Summertime. Kids. Dead Body. The hood. This sounds familiar, but this tale is unlike what you’ve seen. The Magic City is a gritty, poignant but still hopeful coming-of-age tale in Miami’s Liberty City where girls take center stage.

Shakespeare Film ‘H4' Starring Harry Lennix To Screen At Chicago Int'l Film Fest Next Month

  • By Sergio
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  • September 20, 2013 8:43 AM
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Last year, when he was at the 48th annual Chicago International Film Festival for the showing of his film Mr. Sophistication, I spoke with Harry Lennix, and he told that post–production had just been completed on his film project, H4, directed by Paul Quinn, and he was very excited and proud of the film.

5th Brazilian Film Festival Of London Set For Sept. 27 - Oct. 3

  • By Sergio
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  • September 19, 2013 4:17 PM
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The fifth annual Brazilian Film Festival of London is set and raring to go, starting at the end on the month, on Sept. 27th, and continuing through Oct. 3.