The Pan African Film Festival has announced that The Water Man, David Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut, will open the 29th edition of the Festival. The opening night celebration will be held virtually this year on February 28 at 6:30pm. A Q&A with the filmmaker and actors will follow the screening. The Pan African Film Festival will take place virtually February 28 – March 14.
The festival’s director Ayuko Babu commented, “In the face of these unprecedented times, we are grateful to be able to continue supporting Black filmmakers like Oyelowo and to continue presenting unique and fascinating films for our audiences—like The Water Man–that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes, and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience.”
The Pan African Film Festival is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival and the largest Black History Month event. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from around the world. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live-action and animation short films.
PAFF is a non-profit corporation, 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 Willona in the TV series, ‘Good Times’) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in Pan African Affairs.
PAFF is dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and creative expression. The festival describes its goal as “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.”Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 29th Pan African Film Festival will run February 28 – March 14 on-line and on-demand only. The virtual component allows this year’s Festival to reach a global audience.
Tickets are available at www.paff.org.