2/11/2008

Pan African Film Festival: Homeless Rappers, Freedom Fighters

'Perhaps the most anticipated film at PAFF is Charles Burnett's Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation. This epic film about Namibia's campaign for independence from South Africa - almost three hours long, spanning six decades and featuring more than 150 speaking parts in multiple languages and dialects - wasn't available for preview, and as the festival's opening-night gala, with tickets priced at $150 (which includes admission to an after-party), it's likely priced outside the budget of the average filmgoer. That's a shame, since after last year's triumphant theatrical release of Burnett's 1977 classic Killer of Sheep and a painstakingly assembled DVD box set (which also includes Burnett's 1983 feature, My Brother's Wedding also screening at PAFF) . . .'

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