The 21st Festival was held from February 4 – March 5, 2011. View information about the current year’s festival »»

Welcome to the 21st Cascade Festival of African Films

Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis

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 problems, and reveal the possibilities for a more hopeful 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 family and loyalty, parent-child relationships, community responsibility, change, the quest for peace and justice, and the power of wonder, imagination, and imani, the Swahili word for faith.

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.