2021 Festival

The 2021 Cascade Festival of African Films will be held virtually from February 5 to March 10, 2021. The festival will remain free and open to the public, but films will be shown online. Check back here soon for more details and the list of films!

Family Fest Matinee

Egypt, Eritrea, South Africa

With a concert by BRAVO Youth Orchestras.


(Eritrea, 2017, 7 min.)

Directed by Sam Gebremiche.

A boy and his friends wake up every morning to collect a delicious fruit called Beles from the mountains near their village in Eritrea in Northeast Africa. In Tigrigna with English subtitles

Belly Flop

(South Africa, 2018, 5 min.)

Directed by Jeremy Collins.

This award-winning animated short is about Penny, a fearless young girl who perseveres in learning to dive properly even though she keeps doing belly flops.


(South Africa, 2012, 12 min.)

Directed by Miklas Manneke.

Due to a shortage of paraffin (kerosene) used to light township homes in Monahanong on the outskirts of Johannesburg, a shy young inventor is on a mission to create a new renewable energy source. Will he succeed?

Kanye Kanye

(South Africa, 2013, 25 min.)

Directed by Miklas Manneke.

KanyeKanye is a small township near Johannesburg, where many years ago two best friends had an argument about which apple tasted better, red or green. This led to a great division, with half the town believing red apples were better and the other half believing green apples were better. A big white line was drawn to keep the two groups separated from each other. Many years later, Thomas, a teenager on the green side of town, falls in love with Thandi, a teenager on the red side. Can their love survive?

The Shadow of Cairo

(Egypt, 2018, 15 min.) 

Directed by Tara Shehata.

After her mother’s death, Maya, a 14-year-old Egyptian girl, sets out to become a superhero vigilante to fight the monsters in her society. (Note: Recommended ages 10+)


(South Africa, 2019, 25 min.)

Directed by Rafieka Davis.

Three South African teenagers, aged between 13 and 15, wrote the screenplay for Sela (isiXhosa for “drink”) based on their own lives. The film is about a young boy, Kamva, who takes on the burdens of his family due to his mother’s alcoholism and its effect on her children. (Note: Recommended ages 10+)

Saturday, February 15th 2020 | 3:00pm
PCC Cascade

Note: Family Fest Matinee with a concert by Bravo Youth Orchestras and featuring the shorts: Beles, Belly Flop, Electricity, Kanye Kanye, The Shadow of Cairo, and Sela
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