Today On voices Radio: Presenting the 30th Annual Pan African Film Festival

Today on Voices from the Frontlines:
In Conversation with Ayuko Babu, Channing Martinez, and Eric Mann


The 30th Annual Pan African Film Festival

Tuesday April 12, 2022 | 3 PM PST

Join us today in a conversation with Ayuko Babu, director of the Pan African Film Festival, Eric Mann, and Channing Martinez.

The Pan African Film Festival will host a hybrid festival this year from April 19th to May 1st 2022.

Film Screenings will take place at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills
4020 Marlton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90008

There will be a an accompanying Artfest in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 MLK Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008

Tickets for films can be purchased online at

Voices from the Frontlines strongly encourages you to attend in person as much as you can.

Babu, Eric and Channing speak about what it means to host a Black film festival in 2022 in the mists of COVID 19, and during a international conflict between the U.S., Nato, Ukraine, and Russia.

Babu tells us of the history behind this conflict and speaks about how film is one of the most important mediums to speak about and learn about international struggles and national liberation movements across the African diaspora and beyond.

Films we speak about:

Cuba in Africa: The dramatic untold story of 420,000 Cubans– soldiers and teachers, doctors and nurses– who gave everything to end colonial rule and apartheid in Southern Africa.

Famadihana (Lève tes morts): In 1752 in La Reunion, Soa, a formerly enslaved Malagasy woman, thinks she has found a tunnel that would take her back to Madagascar. When her maroon village falls under the threat of slave hunters, Soa has to face an inevitable choice, abandon her family or flee to finally return home.

Fanon Yesterday, TodayLegendary Martiniquan intellectual Franz Fanon died in December 1961, but his thoughts and writings still reverberate throughout many social movements and struggles across today’s world. Through the testimonies of Fanon’s comrades and the people who knew him, Hassane Mezine explores Fanon’s eventful life, providing new insight into Fanon – the freedom fighter, the intellectual and the man.

Ferguson Rises: Before an explosive global uprising condemned the murder of George Floyd, there was a small town in Missouri that erupted in protest after the murder of Mike Brown Jr. It was this small town and its people that propelled Black Lives Matter to international prominence and inspired a new global civil rights movement….

Grandpa Was An Emperor: Follow Yeshi Kassa, great-granddaughter of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, as she embarks on a personal quest to discover what happened to her closest relatives during the coup of 1974….

Doctor Gama (Doutor Gama): Based on the biography of Luiz Gama, one of the most important characters in Brazilian history, a Black man who used laws and courts to free more than five hundred enslaved people….

Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story: (OPENING NIGHT FILM) An insightful look into the life and ascent of legendary, iconic, and mystic Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson. This film focuses on her search to balance her gift, love, and her activism during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Tune in today at 3pm PST for a deep conversation and introspection on Black film and revolutionary organizing.

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