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The Pan African Film & Arts Festival exists to evolve the emerging Black storyteller.
We showcase the broad spectrum of creative works and films
by visionaries who highlight the diverse stories of Black America, Africa and the global Black Diaspora.

WORLD PREMIERE SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Wednesday, 03/03 @ 6:00PM PT

Coming 2 America

Directed by Craig Brewer

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began. Original cast favorites from Coming to America return including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbershop crew. Joining this star-studded ensemble are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor, making Coming 2 America the most anticipated comedy film of the year.

Q&A to Follow Screening

Billie Holiday vs. United States

CONVERSATION WITH TYLER PERRY, ANDRA DAY & LEE DANIELS

Wednesday, 03/10 @ 6:00PM PT

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Directed by Lee Daniels
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The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940's in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, "Strange Fruit." Led by Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday unapologetically presents the icon's complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay Writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award® Nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy® Nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey. Cast: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund

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Executive Order Film Poster

CLOSING NIGHT

Sunday, 03/14 @ 6:00PM PT

Executive Order

Directed by Lázaro Ramos

Set in a dystopian near future in Rio de Janeiro, a lawyer sues the Brazilian government for reparation of all descendants of African slaves in the country. The authoritarian government responds by signing an executive order sending all Black citizens to Africa as an excuse to repay the debts of slavery. Citizens are measured by their skin color, hunted and exiled to Africa against their will. While the army and police enforce the law, he enlists his uncle to find his wife, a doctor who has gone...
Starring Alfred Enoch, Taís Araújo, Seu Jorge, Adirana Esteves, Renata Sorrah

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PAFF LOL

Mar 13th - 14th

Available On-Demand

Hosted by Nika King

PAFF’s annual comedy show featuring comics from around the world. Hosted by Nika King (Euphoria), this year’s featured comics include Jazmyn W (Tik Tok content creator), Marcus Smith (You Know Maacus), Zainab Johnson (100 Humans), Jonnae Johnson (Tru TV), and David Lucas (Freshest Fat Boy).

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PAFF LOL

Mar 13th - 14th

Available On-Demand

Hosted by Nika King

PAFF’s annual comedy show featuring comics from around the world. Hosted by Nika King (Euphoria), this year’s featured comics include Jazmyn W (Tik Tok content creator), Marcus Smith (You Know Maacus), Zainab Johnson (100 Humans), Jonnae Johnson (Tru TV), and David Lucas (Freshest Fat Boy).

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FAQs

Thanks to the incredible and generous support of our community, the 29th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) continues to EVOLVE and will take place virtually from February 28-March 14, 2021. Our PAFF theme for 2021 is "EVOLUTION." All screenings, industry panels, special events, Clips & Conversations, and Q&As will be brought to you virtually. We’ve partnered with Envoi and Miss Everything Ent in order to bring PAFF to our audience virtually. As the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the Western Hemisphere we are excited that going virtual will bring new international Black films from the United States, the African Continent and the entire African Diaspora to your doorstep. This year we will bring you a dynamic, virtual experience that amplifies what we do really well here at PAFF: showcase great films and build community with over 220 NEW feature-length and short narratives and documentaries, television series and webseries that present the broad spectrum of Black creative works depicting the Black experience, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe 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. To view PAFF films, register at paff.org.
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