The Inaugural Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival Announces the 2016 line-up.

LOS ANGELES, Ca.,  September 27, 2016 — The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival organizers are excited to announce its official selections for 2016. 

The line up promises to be entertaining, inspiring and informative.  The line up will feature films that will be enjoying a World Wide premier, as well as films that have previously premiered and won awards at other international film festivals. 

Our first year has been quite exciting, we have had film submissions from around the world and have selected forty plus for screening.  The films selected for screening establishes this festival as a truly international festival.  We will feature films from Australia, Iran, Venezuela, Spain, Ireland,  Cameroon, Sweden, Nigeria and India to name a few.

The PTAFF 2016 line up boast some very provocative, inspirational and informative features, documentaries and short films.  We have selected the very best films highlighting issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual intolerance,  war and peace. 

The festival will open with Jeta Amata’s “Road to Redemption” starring Viva Bianca, Akon, Margaret Avery, and Zack Amata.  We will premiere such films as “The Boy who Found Gold”,  “Guns and Guitars”, “Hate Crime” starring John Schneider of “Dukes of Hazards” fame, “Oracabessa”, and “Hell or Hight Water. The festival will also feature films such as “EKAJ” a story which speaks to homelessness among LBGTQ youth. “When the Music Stopped” which uses classical music and poetry to share the history of the Armenian genocide.   The Iranian film “Descendants,” interweaves poetry as it tells its story of immigration, hope and loss.  Spoken Word is used beautifully in “Confessions” as the character releases years of suppressed trauma in this pro-life short film.

Other festival highlights include documentary filims “Rooted In Peace” by Greg Reitman and “The Truth About Flintby Damon Jamal.  Both films will be featured presentations which will include a screening and talk back  with the filmmakers and other invited guests.

For a complete list of the selected films visit our website at or see us on FaceBook at

About The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival

Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival was founded as a means to provide independent artists committed to social justice with a place through which to share their work with our global community.  The festival seeks to give a platform to artists who seek to use their voice in film, theatre, spoken word, painting, sculptor, and photography to bring to light such issues as, poverty, gender inequality, homelessness, hunger, physical and psychological abuse, racism,  sex trafficking, war and grief.  

The festival will be an intersection between art and social justice giving independent artists a place to create, thrive and bring to market work they are passionate about without fear it will never be seen. Artists are allowed to take risk, tell their stories as they work to change the world.

The PTAFF is dedicated to the discovery and presentation of emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to let their voices be heard around the world.  Injustice in many forms is a reality affecting our global community, as artists we have a responsibility to stand up against injustice.  Many artists take action through their work and we seek to support and assist these artist.  We will aide them as they help to transform, save and change the lives of those who suffer, creating a sense of hope to fuel our struggle.

Early Bird Festival Passes are on sale at Eventbrite

For further information please contact:

Michelle Andrea Smith

The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival


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