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Pan African Film Festival, world's largest black-themed film festival, returns to LA

A screenshot from the trailer of romantic comedy “Think Like A Man.”
A screenshot from the trailer of romantic comedy “Think Like A Man.”

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More than a hundred filmmakers from around the world will see their movies on the big screen starting Thursday at the 20th annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The world’s largest black-themed film and arts festival launched with a star-studded preview of the romantic comedy “Think Like A Man.” The movie’s based on the bestselling book by celebrity comedian Steve Harvey.

Most filmmakers in the lineup aren't that well known. Their projects originate in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Canada.

That’s a clip from the French-produced film “Black Venus,” based on the true story of an enslaved South African woman whose master displayed her as a sideshow freak to 19th century European audiences.

“You are about to witness a truly remarkable phenomenon," the master calls. "A female savage from the dark continent Africa.”

Festival organizers will screen that movie and about 150 others during the 11-day event. After a couple of years in Culver City, the films have returned to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at the Rave Cinemas.