Americas Largest Black Film Festival and Global celebration of Pan African cultures returns to Los Angeles with hybrid festival of in-person and online screenings

Danny Glover (Courtesy photo)

Actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon”) will be the Pan African Film Festival’s (PAFF) 2022 celebrity ambassador. The 30th annual festival will be held in-person and online from April 19 through May 1, in Los Angeles.

Glover is a co-founder of PAFF along with the late actress Ja’Net Dubois (“Good Times”) and Pan African affairs expert Ayuko Babu.  Recently, Danny received the 2022 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is awarded periodically by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Governors Awards ceremony for an individual’s outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.

“The role of the PAFF Celebrity Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission,” said Babu.

“Since 1992, Danny has made the Pan African Film Festival and supporting Black filmmakers a priority, and so it naturally made sense for him to be the festival’s celebrity ambassador as we celebrate 30 years of Black storytelling through film and art.”

PAFF is a twelve-day event that exists to support emerging Black storytellers. Each year, PAFF showcases the broad spectrum of creative works and films by visionaries who highlight the diverse stories of Black America, Africa, and the global Black Diaspora.

“I am thrilled to be the celebrity ambassador for the 30th annual Pan African Film Festival, which has had a profound impact on Black filmmaking and Black filmmakers since 1992,” said Glover.

“The Pan African Film Festival is a cultural icon that has grown over the past 30 years into the largest Black film festival in the U.S., and I’m proud of any role I played in making that happen.”

The 30th annual PAFF will feature 200 new high-quality Black films from the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the South Pacific, Canada, and increasingly, Asia. In addition, PAFF will present over 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople from over 40 countries and six continents in a showcase of Pan African cultures.

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