8 #African Films nab an award at the #Pan African Film Festival (#PAFF). Winners were announced at the PAFF filmmakers awards today during a brunch ceremony at Locals Sports Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. PAFF, America’s largest and most prestigious international Black film festival took place from February 16 to 23, 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre. The festival will end its run tonight with the closing film, “DWB: Dating While Black,” written, directed and produced by Van Elder.
The festival selected a total of 121 films, representing 31 countries, 75 feature length films (narrative and documentaries) and 46 short films. The festival handed out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards.
Themed, “Experience Your World,” PAFF wanted to take its movie goers on a cinematic journey with screenings from around the world – that is, such countries as Angola, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. PAFF hopes these films with global appeal will open the minds of its audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again … without ever packing a suitcase.
And without further ado, the winners are:
Best Picture (Narrative Feature)
Besouro (Brazil), directed by João Daniel Tikhomiroff
The Athlete (Atletu) (Ethiopia), directed by Davey Frankel & Rasselas Lakew
Best Documentary Feature
Thunder Soul (USA), directed by Mark Landsman
War Don Don (USA), directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen
Best Short Film (Narrative Short)
The Abyss Boys (South Africa), directed by Jan-Hendrik Beetge
Hear Me (USA), directed by Kenn Michael
First Feature Film by a Director (Narrative Feature)
I Will Follow (USA), directed by Ava DuVernay
Hopeville (South Africa), directed by John Trengove
Audience Award Narrative Feature
The First Grader (Kenya/UK), directed by Justin Chadwick
Audience Award Documentary Feature Film (Documentary Feature)
Gang Girl: A Mother’s Journey to Save her Daughter (USA), directed by Valerie Goodloe
Audience Award Short Film
The Black Mozart in Cuba (Guadeloupe), directed by Steve James
Pan African Film Festival Board of Directors Awards
Best Short Film
Precipice (UK), directed by Julius Amedume
Best Documentary Film
The Manuscripts of Timbuktu (South Africa), directed by Zola Maseko
Best Feature Film (Best Feature Narrative)
Viva Riva! (DRCongo/France/Belgium/South Africa), directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga
The Child, (Nigeria), directed by Izu Ojukwu
The Figurine (Nigeria), directed by Kunle Afolayan
Pan African Film Festival-British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA)
Festival Choice Award
I Sing of a Well (Ghana), directed by Leila Djansi
The 2011 Pan African Film Festival is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Fund, Macy’s, Wells Fargo Bank, Sony Pictures Entertainment, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and the Africa Channel.
For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.
About the Pan African Film Festival
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, is gearing up for its 19th year of screening more than 100 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.
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 tv 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 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.
Davido vs D’Banj: Which Of Them Was More Romantic This Valentine’s Day 2019?
Valentine’s Day in many countries has become synonymous with the day of Love. We are often curious about how some of our favorite celebrities showcase their love.
David Adeleke aka Davido seized the opportunity to show off his romantic side. The music star shared a video of himself surprising his long-time girlfriend, Chioma Rowland, on Instagram. In the short video, there were cakes, saxophone, boxes of chocolate, a bottle of wine, and cameras to the delight of his girlfriend. Short of words, the surprised lover hugged the superstar as music played on. The caption of the video read,
“I get time sha 😂😂😂 Happy Valentines @thechefchi IT IS THE CHI THERE!! ❤️ u said bring dollars they brought Bounty 🙄 still her fave tho 😂”
A Long, Public Love Affair
Davido met Chioma at Babcock University when she was a 300 level student of Economics. Ever since, the couple has never made their love affair a secret. In 2018, the musician threw her a lavish birthday party and gifted her a Porsche car. However, the height of the celebration was the release of the music, “Assurance”, dedicated to her. As of 15th February 2019, the song has over 35 million views on YouTube. Many celebrities can only wish for such a lasting and public display of love.
D’banj Also Pulls Off a Creative Romantic Stunt
Another music icon, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj successfully pulled off a romantic Valentine treat. He arrived at the door of their house like a delivery man carrying a bouquet of flower. His wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow obviously didn’t see that coming. He shared the video on his Instagram page. The caption read,
“SURPRISE; She thought it was the Delivery Man 😂 … Happy Valentine’s Day Guys make sure you show love especially to yourself ❤️❤️❤️. Love you boo and will always do 💯😍 @lineo_dd #baecation … thanks, @may8gallery for the Gifts she loved them 🎁”
In 2018, D’banj shared a photo suggesting the couple were on a vacation in Dubai. D’banj is also good with romantic gestures. On September 6, 2018, he shared a picture of himself feeding his wife.
Soweto Gospel Choir Beat Three African Nominees to Win Third Grammy
The annual Grammy Award is a celebration of music achievements in over 80 categories. Of all the categories, the Best World Music Album is reserved for international performers exhibiting “non-European, indigenous traditions”. Four African Albums were nominated for this category in the 61st Grammy Award. This includes;
However, it was the Soweto Gospel Choir that took home the award for their album, Freedom.
The annual celebration for the coveted award took place on Sunday 10th February 2019. However, this is not the first time that the group will be taking home the award. In fact, it is their third win in five nominations. The album ‘Freedom’ is a rendition of popular South African liberation struggle songs. Mulalo and Mary Mulovhedzi, and album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane were on stage to receive the award on behalf of the group.
Interesting details about the album
The Choir recorded the album in June 2018 as a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 100 Years celebration. Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. The album is a collection of famous South African struggle songs. A worthy inclusion in the album is a brilliant version of ‘Asimbonanga’ by Johnny Clegg. The album release happened in the United States in 2018. The group also completed a three-month tour in the United States. The group will perform songs from the album in Cape Town Jazz Festival coming up in March. Soweto Gospel Choir also plans Australasia album tour from July to September 2019.
History and previous awards
David Mulovhedsi co-founded the group with Beverly Bryer, a producer, and director 17 years ago. The group won the Grammy in ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ category in 2007. In 2008 they also took home the award in the same category for their album ‘African Spirit’. The win at the just-concluded 61st Grammy Award makes it their third. The group has also won the Metro FM Music Award and four South African Music Awards. Soweto Gospel Choir’s collaboration with pop icon U2 also won the Emmy.
The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter to congratulate the group for their win. He wrote,
“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #Grammys. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”
Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high. pic.twitter.com/03QH3YZ8ZU
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) February 11, 2019
Here Is What Zimbabwean Actress Vimbai Mutinhiri Said About Business And The Fabulous Lifestyle
Social media is increasingly becoming a channel for celebrities to show off their wealth. Some women flaunt a flamboyant lifestyle handed to them by their male friends. Vimbai Mutinhiri, the gorgeous Zimbabwean actress and TV personality is asking women to think otherwise. Mutinhiri bared her mind on her Instagram post on February 6, 2019. In the post, she cautions women to choose viable business over temporary luxury.
“I’m dropping this here. I’m tired. Keep the LVs and Chanels. No, your travel agent should not call me. Since you’re ready to throw it away, why not be an angel investor for the same amount? Or just say no. Don’t use the same mouth to say ‘things are hard’ to tell me ‘I’m traveling, do you want to join me?’ No wonder so many of my sisters are sucked into this cycle. Ladies, don’t play yourselves. It may be harder the honest way, but let no man convince you that borrowed moments of luxury are more valid than chasing your dreams.”
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Mutinhiri is notorious for lashing out on celebrities for their fake lifestyle. On March 19, 2018, she called out some female celebrities for deceiving young ladies with their source of wealth. She said celebrities receive expensive gifts and claim they bought it. She was quoted as saying,
“If your business hasn’t made at least N20m turnover per annum, please just book a seat in the audience and pay attention to those who have done it. There is no shame in it and it doesn’t make you less of a respectable woman. Making it in life begins with harnessing your truth.”
Inspiration and career as a TV host
Vimbai Mutinhiri was a former model and was also a contestant at the Big Brother Africa Season 6. In an interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, the delectable model gives a peek into her personal life. When asked about her inspiration she said,
“I am undoubtedly driven by passion. I genuinely love what I am doing. The harder I work and grow, I have found that there are young girls who are counting on me to be successful so they can have the confidence and faith to chase their own dreams. The fact that my life and success can be a testimony for someone else to strive to be great is all the inspiration I need.”
Living and working in Nigeria
Mutinhiri currently owns a production company in Nigeria. In February 2018, she joined co-hosts Laulah Doherty and Bolanle Olukanmi on Moments Nigeria. When asked about the lessons she has learned in Nigeria she said,
“Nigeria undoubtedly teaches problem-solving and innovation. The environment is ripe with opportunities for those who are able to think on their feet and remain resilient. These are traits that I didn’t even know I had in me.”
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