Cinema Kpatakapata has confirmed the selection of its 2 feature films slated to be programmed at the 2024 Pan Africa Film Festival
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The 32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival Festival, a two-week-long celebration of film, art and culture, will take place February 6-19 in Los Angeles at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with film screenings, industry panels and social events all centred around the Black experience.
PAFF will present more than 140 film screenings, including Q&As and in-depth discussions with attending filmmakers from all over the globe.
Among these 140 select screenings are “This is Lagos” and “Mojiola” directed by Kenneth Gyang
This is Lagos Plot: Needing quick cash for studio time, aspiring rapper Stevo works for the psychotic Kojack and his ‘shoot-rob-run’ gang. When the escape from a heist goes bad, Stevo is separated from the gang. Luckily, he’s the one carrying the loot.
Mojisola Plot: Although classmates have always been baffled by Mojisola’s unquenchable thirst and oddness, Opeyemi professes his love for her and she her love for him. After their first kiss, Opeyemi comes down with an unexplainable life-threatening illness.
With information from a bestselling paranormal scientist, Mojisola must go on a quest to save him. A modern Nigerian paranormal love story rooted in urban myth and folklore.
Director Kenneth exclusively shares his excitement about this festival outing:
“The Pan African Film Festival holds immense significance as it kickstarts the celebrations for Black History Month, providing a vital platform for cultural exchange and representation of diverse narratives from the African diaspora. As a cultural ambassador from Nigeria, I am excited to present these stories from Cinema Kpatakpata.
The festival has been an important platform for Black filmmakers over the years and I am happy to be back there again. In 2014, my first feature film Confusion Na Wa won the Jury Prize there. Ten years later, I am happy to be back with two features”.
Established in 1992 by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), the late Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director), the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit organization that has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression.
For over 30 years, PAFF has been the international beacon for the African diaspora film and arts communities.
As the critically acclaimed largest Black film and arts festival and Black History Month activation in the United States, PAFF features filmmakers, artists, and unique craftspeople from over 40 countries and six continents to Los Angeles annually, to showcase their pivotal work and talent. PAFF has become the quintessential global celebration of Pan-African cultures.
This year’s film festival features over 200 films from 54 countries, in 28 languages, including 68 World and 25 North American premieres.
With Cinema Kpatakpate 2 feature stories, Nigeria is well-presented in this festival that curates the best of black stories