25th Cascade Festival of African Films

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Africa through African Lenses

February 6 – March 8, 2015

Thursdays through Sundays

In celebration of Black History Month at Portland Community College

Free and Open to the Public

Welcome to the 25th 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. The films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including ethnicity and nationalism; music and politics; war and peace; the role of sports; reconciliation; immigration; the roots of terrorism in poverty and hopelessness; and the fight for women’s rights. This year’s festival also celebrates Nollywood films, a South African homage to film noir, and retrospective screenings of “CFAF’s Top 10 African Films.”

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.

2015 Festival Highlights

Be sure to check out this year’s Festival Highlights and Special Events!

Films

HALF OF A YELLOW SUNView

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Nigeria

OF GOOD REPORTView

OF GOOD REPORT

South Africa

LA VIE EST BELLE / LIFE IS ROSYView

LA VIE EST BELLE / LIFE IS ROSY

Democratic Republic of the Congo

THE CAMP AT THIAROYEView

THE CAMP AT THIAROYE

Senegal

FINDING FELAView

FINDING FELA

Nigeria, USA

B FOR BOYView

B FOR BOY

Nigeria

CONFUSION NA WAView

CONFUSION NA WA

Nigeria

OSUAFIA IN LONDONView

OSUAFIA IN LONDON

Nigeria

LIVING IN BONDAGE, PART IView

LIVING IN BONDAGE, PART I

Nigeria

YEELENView

YEELEN

Mali

SANKOFAView

SANKOFA

Ghana, Jamaica, USA

ELECTRO CHAABIView

ELECTRO CHAABI

Egypt

HORSES OF GODView

HORSES OF GOD

Belgium, France, Morocco

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOMView

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM

Lesotho, South Africa

SARRAOUNIAView

SARRAOUNIA

Mauritania

TILAIView

TILAI

Burkina Faso

THE BEAUTIFUL GAMEView

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

UK, USA

DIFRETView

DIFRET

Ethiopia, USA

LESSONS OF BASKETBALL AND WARView

LESSONS OF BASKETBALL AND WAR

USA

FELIXView

FELIX

South Africa

BAB EL-OUED CITYView

BAB EL-OUED CITY

Algeria

HYENASView

HYENAS

Senegal

THE SILENCES OF THE PALACEView

THE SILENCES OF THE PALACE

Tunisia

SOKO SONKOView

SOKO SONKO

Kenya, USA

WOODEN HANDView

WOODEN HAND

France, Tunisia

WORDS FROM A SILENCEView

WORDS FROM A SILENCE

Mali, USA

UNDER THE STARRY SKYView

UNDER THE STARRY SKY

Senegal

BOUNDView

BOUND

Kenya, USA

KWAKU ANANSEView

KWAKU ANANSE

Ghana, Mexico

BELEHView

BELEH

Cameroon

THE AFRONAUTSView

THE AFRONAUTS

Ghana, USA

AISSA'S STORYView

AISSA'S STORY

Nigeria, USA

A SCREAMING MANView

A SCREAMING MAN

Chad

TSOTSIView

TSOTSI

South Africa

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