This year, Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. During her acceptance speech she said that it was important for filmmakers of color "to see one anothers' films and have them seen."
That sentiment is shared by Ayuko Babu, the founder and director of The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), NAACP-nominated actress turned filmmaker Tangi Miller and Jimmy Jean Louis, star of the hit TV show "Heroes" and the new film "Toussaint Louverture." All three shared their thoughts about the festival with me.
The Pan African Film Festival launched 20 years ago in Los Angeles and is still going strong. It's part of a movement that has helped filmmakers like DuVernay by creating a space for them to show their films, hone their stories and their craft, and put authentic stories about black life - from every corner of the globe - on the big screen.
The Pan African Film Festival runs until Monday, February 20 at the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, so you still have some time to visit the festival and see what the festival has to offer!
Christabel Nsiah-Buadi is an award-winning broadcaster, producer and writer who has covered news, culture and politics events in Europe, Africa and the Americas. She's a Scottish-born Ghanaian who grew up in England and now lives in Los Angeles (via Barbados and New York); and a proud child of the African Diaspora.