Opening: The Pan African Film Festival

A full week of great films from around the globe.

Congratulations to the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, which opens for its 18th year on Wednesday, February 10th.

Not only is the movie-art-spoken-word celebration, which is one of our city's premiere movie extravaganzas, fast approaching its third decade, but it recently made headlines when the fest received a grant from the LA Arts Commission, which received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Good news. And more good news: Eight days of movies watching ahead, with over 100 films from points around the globe. And starry events. And other art and fashion and film-centric parties at what is billed as "America's Largest & Most Prestigious Black Film Festival."

As with the truly big, week-spanning film spectaculars, it is hard to pinpoint particular movies, but "Blood Done Sign My Name," a 1970s-set civil rights piece, opens the fest at the first-night gala at the Directors Guild. There will also be an art market later in the week, plus a fashion show at Westfield Culver City, a Children's Fest, a spotlight on spoken word, and panels aplenty.

Eye the whole guide to find your films and to-dos.

The 18th Annual Pan African Film Festival runs Wednesday, February 10th through Wednesday, February 17th. All films show at the Culver Plaza Theatre save the opening night selection.

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