Common, Xzibit, More Surprise Guests Among PAFF Highlights

Multi-platinum recording artist and actor Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner mades his directorial debut during the 27th Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) with Broken Ground.

Joiner hosted the film’s red carpet premiere and joined the cast for a discussion immediately following the premiere.

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Broken Ground finds James Savage, a once prominent West Coast rapper set-up, arrested and sent to prison. Upon his release, he seeks answers from the man who put him behind bars, sabotaging his life and career.

The cast features Anthony Michael Hall, Anna Hutchison, Sticky Fingaz and Slink Johnson. Joiner also served as writer and producer for the film.

Also among PAFF highlights, Common, Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown screened short film Hats followed by Q-&-A, during the Shorts Series 4 track (Chris’s Briss / Fayth / Hats / If I Knew You Were Coming / Still Harlem).

Established in 1992, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, continues to showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works. The festival especially looks to shed light on those that reinforce positive images and help to advance cultures, races and lifestyles and serve as vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues and foster cultural understanding between peoples of African descent.

This 27th year, the 12-day PAFF experience featured more than 100 artists and over 150 new films from over 40 countries across five continents and in 26 languages. This annual exhibition of film, art, culture and creative expression is the largest Black film festival and the largest Black History Month celebration in the U.S., attracting a diverse global audience hailing from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, South America and the South Pacific comprising 90K attendees, 40K film enthusiasts and 5000 students.

The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival is directed by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Proud Mary), Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times) and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director). Visit for more information.

Story updated. Originally published 02-16-19.

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