African Film Fest

African beats keep the pace at the 7th annual Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series, which presents 29 different films, documentaries, and shorts, and an art exhibit, throughout the month of February. The series incorporates discussions with filmmakers, live performances, and workshops all dedicated to the celebration of African heritage.

Featuring African manuscripts, private collections, and an African Inventors exhibit, the art display will hang until February 26 at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. The insightful story Love Trap will kick off the film series at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center on February 17. The series highlights films for children and teens on Kidz Day, February 22, and general screenings run through February 25, at Santa Barbara City College’s Fé Bland Forum.

Closing the festival is the comedy Au Pair Chocolat, a story about a Harlem girl hired as an au pair for a wealthy Martha’s Vineyard family. Following the film, African drummers and dancers will take center stage at a soul food buffet reception and tribute to Linda Fardan, a festival coordinator and musician. See or call 899-1160.

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