Cascade African Film Festival Turns 29
The Cascade African Film Festival turns 29 this year and shows no signs slowing momentum or waning popularity. For 29 years the PCC sponsored film festival has been presenting some of the best African films and building a bridge been continents and cultures.
The festival opens annually at the venerable Hollywood Theatre to usually enthusiastic and packed audience. The February 1 opening featured film was Yomeddine, an Egyptian film by director Abu Bakr Shawky. The festival features many guest directors who provide attendees a chance to discuss their films after the screening.
On Saturday, the festival moves back to its home on the PCC Cascade campus at Moriarity Arts and Humanities building. On Saturdays attendees can purchase African-made goods at the marketplace in the hallway and listen to unique musical artist playing world music before the movie screens.
CAFF is one of the few free, world-class festivals in the country. The festival was started in 1991 and evolved to take place in February in conjunction with Black History Month.
“Developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the richness, complexity and diversity of African peoples and their cultures” –Part of the CAFF mission statement.
Every week, on Saturdays, there is a drawing for sponsor prizes. For those who are scheduled-challenged, there are also matinees and a women-filmmaker showcase.
Films are screened from Thursday through Saturday through March 2, 2019. Go to http://www.africanfilmfestival.org/ to learn more.