Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2018 StudentFEST

A free showcase of films tailored to students. For over two decades PAFF has presented StudentFEST. Each year 6,000 to 7,000 Los Angeles city and county high school, middle school and elementary school students and their teachers attend this free program showcasing films dealing with issues important to youth, such as teen pregnancy, AIDS prevention, literacy, cultural and racial respect, teen self-esteem and gang prevention. Before and after the screenings, speakers working in areas related to the subject matter of the films conduct positive and interactive discussions with the students.

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Student Film Selections

For All Ages

Title: More Time (Zimbabwe)
Director: Isaac Mabhikwa
Runtime: 90min
Type: Feature Narrative
Synopsis: Thandi finds out the complexities of love, when David, the schoolboy “Mister Charming,” coolly sweeps her off her feet. But in these times, falling in love is not so simple. The danger of love is not just about unwanted pregnancy but also AIDS/HIV which affects life and the quality of life.
Showtimes: Monday 12th, Wednesday 14th

Title: Inside Story (South Africa)
Director: Rolie Nikiwe
Runtime: 98min
Type: Feature Narrative
Synopsis: Meet Kalu, a gifted football star whose journey to soccer stardom is complicated when he learns that he is HIV-positive. What follows is an entertaining and educational ride that follows Kalu and the virus within his young body.
Showtimes: Wednesday 14th

Title: The Killing of the 5th Element (US)
Director: Moe N. Reed
Runtime: 66min
Type: Feature Narrative
Synopsis: Is music just entertainment or a movement that can spark change? The Golden Age of hip-hop with its “consciousness” is regarded as the best era in hip-hop/rap. Diverse artists and academics examine how the music changed and try to answer the question: Why did the knowledge element of Hip Hop get lost from the music?
Showtimes: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th

Title: Yellow Card (Zimbabwe)
Director: John Riber
Runtime: 90min
Type: Documentary
Synopsis: Tiyane is in danger of becoming a local hero — at 17! Rising star on the local soccer team, responsible son and high school leader, Tiyane can’t seem to do anything wrong. But hormones are raging and everybody wants a piece of him, especially Linda, a longtime schoolmate.
Showtimes: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th

Title: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Director:: Samuel D. Pollard
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Documentary
Synopsis: In this first major film documentary to examine the vast talent of singer, dancer, musician, comedian, mime, actor, entertainer extraordinaire and arguably one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived, Sammy Davis, Jr., we witness his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Davis had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority. Featuring new interviews with people who knew and loved him, such as Quincy Jones, Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, this film tour-de-force explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.
Showtimes: Monday 12th, Thursday 15th

Title: Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace
Director: Rich Gentile
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Documentary
Synopsis: Whenever the phrase “breaking the color line” is used, there’s a temptation to invoke Jackie Robinson’s story. Without diminishing his accomplishments, it should be noted that Robinson made his Dodger debut in the North when he was 28, married, a college graduate, and an army veteran. He was a grown man. By contrast, Perry Wallace was a mere teenager when he stood all alone at center court in such hotbeds of rabid racism as Starkville, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was the turbulent 1960s, and even then, athletes in the entire SEC were restricted by “whites only” segregation. Narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, TRIUMPH is not a “sports” film as much as it is a unique window on America’s civil rights movement (with never-before-seen footage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Stokely Carmichael) that chronicles Perry Wallace’s evolution from a reluctant “pioneer” in the final throes of the “Jim Crow” era to a determined “game-changer,” whose actions altered the way of life throughout the South. In short, we look forward to introducing audiences to a genuine “American treasure.”
Showtimes: Friday 16th

Elementary / Middle School Presentations

Title: CoCo
Director Lee Unkrich
Runtime: 105 mins
Type: Family | Fantasy | Musical
Synopsis: Pixar is ready to introduce its next animated creation, Coco. the film takes inspiration from the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos. The story follows 12-year-old Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who aspires to be a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Determined to prove his talent, Miguel sets off a chain of events that lands him in a colorful world of the, Land of the Dead. It is in that world where he learns of his family’s history. Gael García Bernal and Renee Victor also star in the animated film.
Showtimes: Saturday 10th, Monday 12th, Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th,

Title: Early Man
Director Nick Park
Runtime: Still in Post Production
Type: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Synopsis: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
Showtimes: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th,

Middle School Short Film Series

(Short films screen as a group) Showtimes: Monday 12th – Friday 16th 2018

Title: Becky (Cameroon)
Director: Victor Viyuoh
Runtime: 8 mins
Type: Narative Drama
Synopsis: A young boy's aching heart for his playground crush forces him to face his greatest fear – to disastrous results.

Title: Iman and the Light Warriors (US)
Director: Jarrett Woo
Runtime: 15 mins
Type: Narrative Drama
Synopsis: Magical Realism guides this story about the power of pure love and a community banding together to empower a young king to unlock his superpowers.

Title: Mama I Wanna March (US)
Director: Malcolm Baity
Runtime: 15 mins
Type: Narrative Drama
Synopsis: In 1968 Memphis, amid civil rights protests, young Allen wants to attend a march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his protective mother forbids it.

Title: Queen (US)
Director: Gabrielle Shepard
Runtime: 17 mins
Type: Narrative Drama
Synopsis: Braving homelessness with her mother, an 11-year- old ball of fire struggles to live a normal childhood, while learning to value herself along the way.

Title: See You Yesterday (US)
Director: Stefon Bristol
Runtime: 15 mins
Type: Narrative Drama
Synopsis: Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, CJ Walker and Sebastian Thomas – determined to outwit fate and role-play as God – build make-shift time machines to save CJ brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer. Presented by Spike Lee.

Title: War Paint (US)
Director: Katrelle N. Kindred
Runtime: 15 mins
Type: Narrative Drama
Synopsis: In South L.A. during the 4th of July holiday, a black girl experiences a series of events at the convergence of racism and sexism. Stars Malinda Williams.

High School Film Series

Title: Behind The Movement (US)
Director: Aric Avelino
Runtime: 90 mins
Type: Drama
Synopsis: Behind the Movement is a unique and fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film will reveal the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment. Written By TV One
Showtimes: Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th

Title: Concussion (US)
Director: Peter Landesman
Runtime: 123mins
Type: Biography | Drama | Sport
Synopsis: Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
Showtimes: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th

Title: Love Beats Rhymes (US)
Director: Rza
Runtime: 106mins
Type: Drama | Musical
Synopsis: When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice – and true love – in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common. Written By Lionsgate
Showtimes: Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th

Title: Word is Bond (US)
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Runtime: 88min
Type: Documentary
Synopsis: An examination of the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop music. What was born on the streets of the South Bronx has now taken root globally, and the young poets of New York have helped to spawn regional dialects everywhere. Through dynamic archival footage, in-depth interviews and verite excursions with artists like Nas, Tech9, J Cole, Rapsody and Anderson. Paak and many more, Word explores the many dimensions that hip hop poetics occupy.
Showtimes: Tuesday, February 13th; Thursday, February 15th

Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Director: Ava DuVernay
Runtime: 120mins
Type: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Synopsis: Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings – Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.
Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace have normal lives until one night when a strange visitor comes. Her name was Mrs. Whatsit. She states that there IS such thing as a “tesseract”. The next day, Meg and Charles Wallace meet Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. They also meet the most popular boy in high school: Calvin O’Keefe. Together, they embark on an adventure to save Meg’s father, Dr. Murry
Showtimes: Friday, February 16th