The Annual Pan-African Film festival Atlanta (PAFF-ATL) was began yesterday. The Pan-African Film Festival (PAFF) is gearing up to take moviegoers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe.

Check out the details below!

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 television 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 people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time; serve as a vehicle to start dialogue on the important issues of our times.

The film festival is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Formerly presented by The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), for over 16 years, PAFF-ATL has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, South Africa and of course, the United States. With its fingers on the pulse of the international film industry, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to lands far away and back home again.

In 2014, PAFF-ATL will screen a première choice of over 30 new African-American and international films that show the stories, issues and images of communities whose members include people of African descent. Stories chosen by PAFF tend to be positive and realistic stories told through the eyes of members of the community from which the stories derive.

Check out pics by Briana Crudup for Freddy-O !

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