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Americas to join Africa fest

PRAI will present pix at Ouagadougou event

JOHANNESBURG — The U.S.-based Paul Robeson Award Initiative (PRAI) will present the first three-day program of the “Best of the Best” films made by Africans from the Americas and the Caribbean at the biennial Pan-African Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The films will also compete in three prize categories: feature drama/doc, short drama/documentary and youth watch special prize.

Professor C. Sade Turnipseed, managing director of PRAI, said this would be the first time Africans from the Americas and the Caribbean were participating at Fespaco (Feb. 26-March 5) at this level.

“This is a testament to our focus, dedication and love for African cinema,” he said, “and, perhaps more importantly, our determination to make sure African cinema thrives and will be of greater benefit to all in the 21st century.”

The leading Pan-African film festival, Fespaco was founded in 1969.

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