The ArtFEST is sponsored in part by grants from The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The PAFF ArtFEST features over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from all over the world.
The 28th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) opened with the film “HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Revolutionary Life and Times of Diplomat and Judge Ulric Cross,” directed by Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Kicking off festivities with a star-studded Opening Night at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood, this year’s theme is “20/20 Vision,” kicking off the decade with a fresh lens and solidifying its commitment to tell diverse stories with a global, luminous view.
In December 2001, then-16-year-old Joseph Ngaruiya migrated from Nairobi, Kenya, to the eastern Massachusetts city of Lowell with his mother, Salome, to join his father, Stephen, who had arrived six months earlier.
He had never experienced cold of the magnitude of a New England winter nor seen snow with his own eyes.