The sixth annual Pan African Film Festival, the largest U.S.festival dedicated to black cinema, will exhibit more than 60features, shorts and documentaries from across North America, Africa,Europe and the South Pacific. Of particular interest to the Jewishcommunity is the documentary “Blacks and Jews,” which examines theissues confronting both groups by telling five contemporary stories:a West Indian man who saves the life of a Chassid in Crown Heights atthe peak of the 1991 riots; a conflict between black home buyers andJewish real estate speculators in a Chicago neighborhood; one man’sjourney through the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism;stereotypes about Jewish control of Hollywood; and themuch-publicized Oakland high school students who were kicked out of ascreening of “Schindler’s List.”
“Blacks and Jews” will show on Sunday, Feb. 8, 12:15 p.m., at theMagic Johnson Theatres in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, corner ofMartin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards. The festival runsthrough Feb. 16. For complete program information, call (213)295-1706.
This weekend, the American Cinematheque begins its “Hard, Fast andIn Control: The Films of Robert Aldrich” series with “Ulzana’s Raid,”which stars Burt Lancaster and Bruce Davison in an epic vision of theAmerican West, Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:15 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., a noirdouble feature of “World for Ransom” and a restored print of “Kiss MeDeadly” will screen. On Saturday, Feb. 7, Aldrich’s “What EverHappened to Baby Jane?” starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, willshow at 7:15 p.m., and the noir double feature will repeat at 9:45p.m.
What EverHappened to Baby Jane?”
Next weekend includes some of his television work as well as adouble feature of “The Big Knife,” starring Jack Palance, Ida Lupinoand Shelley Winters, and the World War II drama “Attack.” Thefestival will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 21, with a screening of “TheLongest Yard,” with Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert starring.
Separate admission is required for all screenings, which are heldat the Raleigh Studios’ Charlie Chaplin Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave.,Hollywood. Call (213) 466-FILM for information, or (818) 789-8499 fortickets.