The Pan African Film Festival Closed the Weekend With Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Premiere of Critically-Acclaimed ‘Belle’
‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing ‘Belle’ has received positive reviews from the industries top critics. Critically-acclaimed actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Belle. Gugu Mbatha Raw is also starring in the upcoming feature film ‘Beyond the Lights’.
We began the day with a delightful brunch held at the NEW National Center for Civil and Human Rights with Filmmaker Amma Asante and Gugu. Guest were also treated to the comments of Historian and Scholar Dr. Gerald Horne who spoke on the significance of Lord Mansfield and the Zong and Somerset Decisions which marked the beginning of the abolition of slavery in England and the effects of that decision in the British colonies in the Americas.
Director Roger Bobb premiered his NEW film ‘Girlfriends’ Getaway’!
Set in Trinidad and Tobago, ‘Girlfriends’ Getaway ’ is the comedy which is described as Waiting To Exhale meets The Hangover. Girlfriends’ Getaway is about four friends who take a trip to the Caribbean to celebrate two of their friends’ birthdays. One thing leads to another and they get into a bit of trouble.
PAFF is regarded as America’s largest and most prestigious international Black film festival covering a variety of themes ranging from arts and cultural issues to social justice movements that have shaped and transformed American life. For more information visit www.PAFF.org