‘Remember Me, the Mahalia Jackson Story’ to Open Pan African Film Festival

Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story (Credit: PAFF)

The Pan African Film and Arts Festival is returning for its 30th year with in-person screenings and a world premiere opening night showing of Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.

On April 19 the festival kicks off with a poignant look into the life of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and her search to balance her gift, love and her activism in the civil rights movement. The film will screen at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles.

Directed by Denise Dowse, Remember Me stars Ledisi as Jackson, Columbus Short as Martin Luther King Jr., and Janet Hubert as Aunt Duke.

Following its opening night gala, the PAFF will screen its remaining features at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills.

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The festival will also include screenings of FX’s Snowfall season 5 finale and Showtime’s The Man Who Fell From Earth, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. Other screenings include the African American shorts series, the winning films of the John Singleton Short Film Competition and more.

The festival runs from April 19 – May 1 and tickets can be found here. This year PAFF features over 200 films from 55 countries in 18 languages.

The festival was founded in 1992 by Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), the late Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu (executive director) to promote Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression.

Watch a trailer for Remember Me below:

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