The Pan African Film Festival returns for its 22nd year next month (Feb. 6-17), showcasing 172 films — documentaries, features, shorts and webseries — during its nearly two-week stint at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills theater in Los Angeles. Highlights of this year's fest include:
— Jahmil X.T. Qubeka's "Of Good Report" is the festival's opening-night premiere. The South African film follows a teacher named Parker (Mothusi Magano) whose grim obsession with the young Nolitha (Petronella Tshum) a student at his school. The film made headlines last year when it was briefly banned at the Durban International Film Festival quickly because of its sexual content.
— And comedian
The festival will also honor Tony-nominated and Emmy award-winning actor Charles Dutton ("Oz," "The Practice" and "Without a Trace") with its Lifetime Achievement Award, co-sponsored by the African-American Film Critics Association Jan. 31.
Information about the festival can be found at www.paff.org or by calling (310) 337-4737.