Friday, February 6, 2015

Pan African Film Festival, LA

The Pan African Film Festival runs from February 5-16, 2015 in Baldwin Hills.  By my count, there are four Ethiopian movies being shown.  See below for details and click through for more information or to buy tickets.

Sost Maezen (Triangle - Going To America)
Kaleab and Jemal are two who are willing to endure any travail to reach America and what they deem as a promise of a better life, but is it? Along the way Kaleab meets Winta, who is from neighboring Eritrea and on a similar journey as Kaleab. Kaleab and Winta fall in love with each other as the group of Ethiopians and Eritreans travel an arduous and illegal path from East Africa through Libya, Italy, Mexico and finally to America, but their love for each other is tested thoroughly as the group meets up with violence, sickness and, ultimately, tragedy.

Showtimes:  Thursday, February 12 @ 7:00pm; Friday, February 13 @ 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm; Saturday, February 14 @ 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm; Sunday, February 15 @ 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm; Monday, February 16 @ 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

 A young female lawyer operates under the government's radar, helping women and children, until one young girl's legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival. The beauty of the Ethiopian countryside plays in startling contrast to the horror of an archiac patriarchal system.

Showtimes:  Monday, February 9 @ 6:55pm; Monday, February 16 @ 5:30pm

Asni:  Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia
The extraordinary artist, Asnaketch Worku, was as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. Asnaketch lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the edge of her passions. She brought high standards to theatre and excitement to music in conservative Ethiopia through the 1950 and 60s. Her gift and transparent nature made her infectious to audiences not only in Ethiopia but also around the world.

Showtimes:  Sunday, February 8 @ 6:40pm; Friday, February 13 @ 5:55pm

Beti and Amare
Set in 1936 Ethiopia, a woman fleeing Mussolini’s army moves to her uncle’s home in a rural area. After her uncle leaves for the city, an otherworldly presence arrives from the sky, irrevocably changing the course of her existence as bandits and the enemy plunge her situation into crisis.

Showtimes:  Monday, February 9 @ 6:55pm; Wednesday, February 11 @ 9:50pm


For any of the movies listed above:
Click here to buy tickets from Cinemark
Click here to buy tickets from Fandango


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