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Pan African Film Festival Opening Night

The 2022 Pan African Film Festival kicked off opening night with the world premiere of REMEMBER ME: THE MAHALIA JACKSON STORY in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America. The movie spills the tea on the trauma of Mahalia’s childhood and how those experiences helped strengthen her faith in God while allowing her to use her unique voice as a vessel for perseverance and unwavering integrity. The film will also highlight her career and close friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King JR and her often overlooked contribution to the civil rights movement. It has been said that Mahalia’s encouragement and devotion to equality inspired Dr. King's world-renowned speech, “I Have A Dream”.

Black girl magic is in full effect in the story and the production of this project as REMEMBER ME was written and executive produced by Erika Nicole Malone and directed by Denise Dowse. Newstitched was in the building and able to catch up with a few cast members on the red carpet before the premiere. We ran into singer and songwriter Ledisi who plays the lead role of Mahalia, Columbus Short who plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cylestine, Vanessa A. Williams as Lucielle, and many more. Check out the official photos from the event below and be sure to look out for the release of REMEMBER ME: THE MAHALIA JACKSON STORY on your streaming platforms!

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