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26 entertainment Friday, February 16, 2018 | NEW ERA MOEVIES The Pan African Film Festival aims to correct misconceptions about African and Caribbean countries Amber Stevens West and S h a m i e r Anderson in a scene from "Love Jacked." The open the Pan African Film & Arts Festival on Feb. 8. (Graham Bartholomew) Last month, during a meeting asked why the United States should accept immigrants from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. "What do we want Haitians here for?" Donald Trump asked. "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?" For Ayuko Babu, executive director of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, now in its 26th year, the statement was more than disappointing. "He was talking about us," he said. "About me, my family, our people around the world. We didn't get through 500 years [of slavery] without bringing a lot of wisdom and insight. So just to say that is a silly comment." "It shows the kind of ignorance that's pervasive with respect to Africa and the Third World," added Asantewa Olatunji, director of programming for the festival. "One of the things these kinds of statements do is play on the self-esteem of the people that come from there, even though we may know better. So one of the things that we try to do with the Pan African Film Festival is make sure that we show those positive and realistic images. And that when we look at it we can identify ourselves." This year, the festival will be held from Feb. 8-19 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza's Rave Cinemas. Even before Trump's statement, the festival has existed in part to correct misconceptions about people of the African diaspora. Launched in 1992 by a group of activists (including Babu, Danny Glover and "Good Times" actress Ja'Net DuBois) concerned about the portrayal of black people in the media, the festival seeks to promote i n c l u s i v i t y, diversity of s t o r y t e l l i n g and accurate representation of the black experience. "So we decided to put come from all over the world and show a more realistic image of the people that we are," said Olatunji. "That's one of the things that we want to do with change that perspective, show a different story, give a different image of what these countries are, a more realistic image. And maybe change some hearts and minds." The theatrical poster for "The Forgiven" starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. The Film & Arts Festival on Feb. 19. (PAFF) Since 1992, PAFF has grown from a seven-day festival a 12-day festival that screens more than 170. "We're now the United States and probably in this hemisphere," said Olatunji. "It's a whole different size than United States." Approximately 35,000 people, including more than 100 90,000 people show up for the from more than 40 countries languages. over the world," said Olatunji. America, the Caribbean, Africa, the U.S., Canada… wherever there is a community of black about themselves." In addition to expanding the length and scope of the festival, evolved over time too. of the stories were very negative stories," said Olatunji. "They were stories about gangbangers or about the pimps and prostitute idiom. Now we are seeing far more diverse stories." She attributes the increase in diverse stories in part to the digital revolution. "There was no such thing as streaming. So now we have so which has really encouraged the creation of so much more product. And with that product comes that diversity of story." An emergence of diversity in roles for black actors in Hollywood has also done a lot to move the culture forward. "In terms of the black experience and the black footprint, we have so many new actors in Hollywood that come from someplace else," she said. She points to the festival's Forgiven," where Forest Whitaker, who is African American, portrays South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as one example. "We have [Brit] Idris Elba playing an African American, and ['Star Wars' actor] John Boyega playing a person from outer space! So we do see that black people are now in these more diverse roles than we saw in 1992." The festival will open with the world premiere of Alfons Adetuyi's "Love Jacked" (featuring Mike Epps) and will close with the U.S. premiere of Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé's "The Forgiven," starring Whitaker and Eric Bana. It will also host the L.A. premiere of Kareem Mortimer's "Cargo," about a white American expatriate who smuggles Haitians to Florida, on Sunday at 6:35 p.m. Other highlights include director Samuel D. Pollard's documentary "Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me" (Saturday at 4:35 p.m., Sunday at 6:25 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 6:15 p.m.) and "Jimmy Jean-Louis Visits Tijuana," a documentary about the city's Haitian community that features comedian Rainn Wilson (Sunday at 6 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 4:10 p.m.). like "Girls Trip," the Oscarnominated "Get Out" and rabid anticipation for "Black Panther" and "A Wrinkle in Time," it's undeniable that black cinema is having a moment. "Absolutely," agreed Olatunji. "I'm not going to say a renaissance because I'm not sure that we ever [left], but this is absolutely a period of time black art is being valued. It's a time when Hollywood can't turn its back to the popularity There has to be a more diverse projection of who we are in terms of our humanity. "It's been too long that everybody has gone to the movies and just accepted the "Everybody wants to see what is going on in the world and everybody wants to see that "I predict that the African American stories are just the beginning," she continued. "We're going to see that diversity only in black but in brown, in yellow, because we are a small world and we have to know each other. People want to see images on the screen themselves." The Pan African Film & Arts Festival started yesterday at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza's Rave Cinemas, 4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, from Thursday through Feb. 19. MOEVIES Inxeba producers seeking legal Jessica Levitt Trailer HD - Inxeba has been Producers of Inxeba (The Wound) are seeking legal advice after the Film and Publications Board Appeal Tribunal overturned the 16 LS rating highest of its kind and is the same given to hardcore porn. It means that the movie has been pulled from cinemas and can now only be shown at a "designated adult premise," which requires a special licence. "We’re obviously disappointed in the outcome, given how it has art that explores themes around the construction of masculinities as an from legal representatives, who are studying the decision, and we will advise on our way forward in due The ruling came after the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) called for age restriction to be upped. backlash for its depiction of the traditional ritual of ukwaluka – a well as sexual identity in the form of a gay love story.The decision to classify it in the same category as porn got sharp criticism on social media.

Friday, February 16, 2018 | NEW entertainment 27 29 Keep love alive! There is usually a lot of hype about “romantic love” that precedes Valentine’s Day, which somehow disappears afterwards. It’s wonderful for couples to spend one day celebrating their relationship, nonetheless, real love should be expressed and valued on a daily basis. Conversation Intimate dialogue is the main ingredient for good communication between loved ones. Don’t avoid will sort themselves out, speak up about your feelings, opinions, challenges and ambitions. Strive to have a relationship whereby you listen attentively to your partner and share your thoughts honestly and kindly. Faithfulness When it comes to monogamous couples, the basis of the relationship is being faithful to one another. Cheating is possibly one of the biggest dealbreakers for couples. However, people view unfaithfulness in different ways, ARTS for some, emotional deceit is harder to forgive then physical betrayal and vice versa. You need to let your partner know exactly what your boundaries are in terms of how he/she interacts with the opposite or same gender. Reassurance Everyone has a unique “love language”, this means that we all give and receive love according to how we perceive it. For example, you may consider being physically affectionate with your partner as a way to show your devotion, however, he/she might appreciation to feel cherished. It can be frustrating if you don’t understand each other’s intentions, so get to know Compromise Last, but certainly not least, always tough decisions. For two people to be in sync, there will be personal your loved one’s desires. Healthy relationships do not have winners and losers, it’s all about teamwork, harmony and mutual respect. Sunday D-Day for Goethe arts funding Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Applications to the Goethe-Isntitut local arts projects closes this Sunday, February 18. Artists are advised to download the Goethe Stage guidelines and application from its website: https:// goethe-stage.html, and to submit it before this Sunday. The application for the second phase will start on April 30 until May 30, while third phase, which is the last one for this year will start in July 30 until August 19. In Phase Three of the Goethe Stage 2017, Goethe-Institut Namibia awarded Florence Khaxas (Literature), ChiNamibia (Inter-disciplinary) and Nelago Shilongoh (Inter-disciplinary). Khaxas was awarded to fund his poetry book, The Matriarch of Mondesa, an anthology of poetry, short stories and photographs by women and girls who live in the Mondesa informal settlement in Swakopmund. The book will celebrate their lives by sharing their stories of poverty, ethnicity, racism, apartheid, violence, belonging and family. ChiNamibia was awarded the funds to host Children's Arts and Cultural Festival which will bring together 20 cultural groups from schools in Windhoek to celebrate Namibian arts and culture under the theme ‘My Culture, My Pride’. Shilongoh was given funds for her ‘Ma, Ndili Memory’ (Where I am, Memory) a collaborative involving various methods of research and which Namibia is given the opportunity relation to the pre and post-colonial monuments around Windhoek. NSK Industry Loop Bless up radio heads Radio is the most powerful medium on planet earth! You think Social Media is ground-breaking? radio’s been ground-breaking omes! Radio will never die. Invent all the tech until your face turns blue but radio will always be the most convenient medium. have gone to the ground during the much publicised global meltdown but the radio industry keeps raking in numbers. Last man standing papa. I don’t get people who say “I don’t listen to radio”. Like…what do you mean?! Wie se kind is jy? Ano i don’t understand? So when you wake up, there’s just pure silence in your room? When you get ready for work, still just silence? Maybe TV? But you can’t really have TV in your car so…silence in your car too? Just silence? Maybe work policies? So you never get tired of the music you have on the PC or phone? Ok… so you’re telling me you always have 10 to 45 minutes to read newspapers daily? Oh you have social media for that…alright. So you’re not scared of fake news on social media? Oh you avoid fake news by keeping to newspaper websites? Ok…these websites are not blocked (including social websites)? Even if it’s not blocked…it will still take you 10 to 20 odd minutes to read all the stories. Your your elders at the village or the farm? Kutcha when your there…your telling me you instruct your elders to switch listen to radio right? My elders would always caution (to this day eto) me not to touch or change the channel on their radio set because it will “weaken the battery”. You really want to risk your life touching Meme’s radio set? Let’s bring it back to urban life. Sundays after church, whether you like it or not a munene or two with a few aunties will always quiz you for a lift. Your telling me you are going to have your Hip Hop banging in the car or house on while dropping these aunties? Hou tog op man. Radio is beautiful. Regardless of how advance society gets…radio will remain radio. Technocrats will say radio must move with the times. Mara radio has embraced social media. Radio is increasingly becoming an outside sport (outside broadcast, awards ceremonies..etc). Radio will remain your convenient go to medium for information, entertainment and companionship. Radio radio heads. Embrace radio and your life will be affected positively either directly or indirectly. Tweet me if you disagree…I double dare you. I’m ready for a debate. If you agree, simply tweet me and say “Agreed”. Until the next loop, we say “GMTM”! Actress, Nelagoh Shilongoh, who was awarded funds Photo: Contributed Oldie of the week: Ees ft. Gazza - International NSK is a professional MC. For bookings, email @naobebsekind (twitter)

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