Children of God To Screen At Pan African Film Festival

Monday 06th, February 2012 / 10:19 Published by

Kareem Mortimer's film, Children of God is the winner of over 16 prestigious awards, including audience awards and jury prizes in Spain, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Atlanta and New York

Culver City, CAL – The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, is gearing up for its 20th year of screening more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.

The festival takes place from February 9-20, 2012 at the newly renovated Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

“Children of God” from The Bahamas and directed by Kareem Mortimer will be screened this year. Mortimer’s film was first screened this Film at the 2009 festival and it is being brought back as one of the PAFF Jewels. 20 PAFF Jewels have been selected, one from each festival year.

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s Celebration of African American Heritage Month. PAFF is sponsored by Macy’s; Wells Fargo Bank; City of Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; as well as Los Angeles Council members Bernard C. Parks (District 8), Jan Perry (District 9), and Herb J. Wesson Jr. (District 10); Sony Pictures Entertainment; The Brotherhood Crusade; The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Africa Channel; South African Airways; The Directors Guild of America; and The Water Replenishment District of Southern California.

Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Children of God Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobic crime and offering a scathing examination of the underlying hatred for gay people rampant in Caribbean societies, Bahamian Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself. All three head for the spectacularly beautiful and tranquil island of Eleuthera, each with a
different reason for escaping current circumstances. Soon, their disparate
worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways.

This uncommon portrayal of love, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and  self-acceptance takes viewers on a poignant multifaceted journey that is enlightening, courageous, and disquieting all at the same time, and which shocks to the very core with its startling conclusion. Cast members will be present. Q&A will follow screening.

For screening dates and times check: www.paff.org.

PAFF was founded in 1992  by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as  the busybody neighbor Willona  in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an  international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.  PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Source: PAFF

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