The Pan African Film Festival aims to correct misconceptions about African and Caribbean countries

My opportunity to publish a rebuttal to the immigration story directed at Haitians and Africans in their own words.

Repeating Islands


A report by Sonaiya Kelley for the Los Angeles Times.

Last month, during a meeting in the Oval Office, the president asked why the United States should accept immigrants from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

“What do we want Haitians here for?” Donald Trump asked. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?”

For Ayuko Babu, executive director of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, now in its 26th year, the statement was more than disappointing.

“He was talking about us,” he said. “About me, my family, our people around the world. We didn’t get through 500 years [of slavery] without bringing a lot of wisdom and insight. So just to say that is a silly comment.”

“It shows the kind of ignorance that’s pervasive with respect to Africa and the Third World,”…

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