Los Angeles, CA–In 1992, Ayuko Babu co-founded The Pan African Film Festival with actors Danny Glover and Ja’net Dubois to promote and celebrate independent Black filmmakers and fine artists. The annual festival is approaching its 29th year and continues to be a pillar for Black filmmakers domestic and abroad.
As a tribute to Filmmaker and Los Angeles Historian Gregory Everett, who lost his battle with COVID-19 Jan of this year, PAFF hosted an online global screening of “41st & Central, The Untold Story of the Los Angeles Black Panthers.”
The screening served as a fundraiser for Everett’s family, who leaves behind a wife and two sons. Following the screening, there was a panel discussion hosted by Journalist and Political Commentator Jasmyne Cannick who knew Everett personally. All proceeds will go to his wife and two sons. Everett worked over a decade compiling these narratives from local BPP members in Los Angeles.
This is our story and local history that Gregory worked so hard to archive and document. We must support his wife who also served as producer of the documentary to make sure the story is presented in mass under her guidance and wishes.