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Epic Film, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Leads the Pack With Three PrizesThe Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce the winners of its films in competition today. The festival handed out jury, audience and special prizes during an awards brunch on Presidents Day at the Bridge Overlook in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. PAFF, America's largest and most prestigious international Black film festival, took place on February 9-20, 2012 at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The festival selected a total of 160 films, representing 30 countries, 91 feature length films (narrative and documentaries) and 67 short films. PAFF handed out prizes for Best Feature Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short and Best Director First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival.The French epic film (with English subtitles), Toussaint L’Ouverture, starring Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, came up a big winner with three prizes -- Best Feature Narrative and an Audience Award for Narrative Feature as well as a Best Actor award for Jean-Louis’ portrayal of the Haitian revolutionist. Directed by Philippe Niang, the film, “Toussaint L’Ouverture” is the long-awaited, two-part action-packed epic film, depicting the life of the Haitian leader. L’Ouverture led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, L'Ouverture established Haiti as the first black nation in the western hemisphere and the first Black free nation as well. The success of L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution rocked the institution of slavery throughout the "New World" of the Americas. And without further ado, the winners are:• BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE “Toussaint L’Ouverture” (France), directed by Philippe NiangSpecial Jury Recognition | Feature Narrative“Inside Story” (South Africa), directed by Rolie Nikiwe• BEST DIRECTOR FIRST FEATURE“Better Mus' Come” (Jamaica), directed by Storm SaulterSpecial Jury Recognition | Feature Narrative “Elza” (Guadeloupe/France), directed by Mariette Monpierre• BEST DOCUMENTARY“An African Election” (Ghana), directed by Jarreth MerzSpecial Jury Recognition | Documentary“Mama Africa” (South Africa/Germany/Finland), directed by Mika Kaurasmäki• BEST SHORT FILM“Of Mary” (US), directed by Adrian LesterSpecial Jury Recognition | Short Film“Dear Me” (US), directed by Ka'ramuu Kush• FESTIVAL PROGRAMMERS’ AWARD | Narrative “Elza” (Guadeloupe/France), directed by Mariette Monpierre• FESTIVAL PROGRAMMERS’ AWARD | Documentary“Slavery by Another Name” (US), directed by Sam Pollard• FESTIVAL FOUNDERS’ AWARD | Narrative feature“A Small Town Called Descent” (South Africa), directed by Jahmil Qubeka• FESTIVAL FOUNDERS’ AWARD | Documentary“The Education of Auma Obama” (Nigeria/Germany), directed by Branwen Okpako• CAPRI CAPITAL PARTNERS AWARD FOR BEST ACTORJimmy Jean-Louis, “Toussaint L’Ouverture” (France)• AUDIENCE AWARD | Narrative Feature“Toussaint L’Ouverture” (France), directed by Philippe Niang• AUDIENCE AWARD | Documentary“Dark Girls” (US), directed by Bill Duke & D. Channsin Berry• AUDIENCE FAVORITE | Short Film“The Truth” (US), directed by Hill Harper• PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL-BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS/LA (BAFTA/LA) FESTIVAL CHOICE AWARD“Elza” (Guadeloupe/France), directed by Mariette Monpierre