PCC Cascade Campus Moriarty theatre
FREE and open to the public!
Join us for this special event as we celebrate a legacy of political resistance in African film history and explore our own ties to the struggle as current Black liberation movements across the Diaspora grow in visibility and strength. Featuring performances from Portland student artists, lively post film conversations and a panel discussion with organizers from Portland's Black Lives Matter chapter, the All African People's Revolutionary Party and local experts on Black and African cinema. Guest curated by Ariella Tai.
Friday, October 21
5:30pm – Theatre opens
5:45-6pm – Student Performance
6-8pm – Screening of SANKOFA (124min), followed by post-film panel discussion
Saturday, October 22
10:30-11am – Meet and greet!
11:00 – theatre opens
11:15 – Student performance
11:30-12:30pm – screening of BLACK GIRL (65min), followed by post-film panel discussion
1:30-2pm – Intermission
2pm – Screening of MORTU NEGA (93min), followed by post-film panel discussion
Welcome to the 26th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films! We are very pleased to present a variety of feature and documentary films from the African continent. The majority of films were made by African directors. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for change and a hopeful, more prosperous future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including music and the arts; revolution, politics and change; displaced children; poverty and the difficulties of urban life; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the struggle for gender equality and freedom; love and marriage.
We view film as a medium for artistic expression and illumination. These films were chosen on the basis of their quality as film and their ability to captivate and move audiences. We also chose them because they represent different countries and cultures and a range of lifestyles from pre-colonial to modern times, including both rural and urban settings. Although it is impossible to represent a whole continent with only a few films, it is our hope that through this annual film series we will encourage American viewers to become interested in African cultures and to study them further.