The 16th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films runs February 3 through March 4, at Terrell Hall at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus.

Here’s your hint, a old Nigerian proverb, “Lack of knowledge is darker than night.”

The Festival of African Films was founded in 1991 by four Portland Community College faculty members. It’s goal is to educate people about Africa through films by Africans. The format of the festival was set in the first year: a an international film program held during Black History Month, organized and run by volunteers and offered to students, faculty, staff, and the public free of charge.

Here’s a calender of the films being presented. Be sure to park in the PCC lots and not in the adjoining neighborhood.

WEEK ONE: February 3 – 4

* February 3: Opening Night Gala – The Cascade Festival of African Films opens its sixteenth year. Three film showings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.
* Local after-film speakers from film-related countries of Tanzania and Nigeria.

WEEK TWO: February 9, 10, 11

* February 9: Film Director Rafael Rebollar Corona presents film and discussion.
* February 11: Symposium on the “African Legacy in Mexico” followed by a Community Conversation.
* Local after-film speakers from film-related counties of Burkina Faso and Cuba.

WEEK THREE: February 16, 17, 18

* February 16 and 17: Remembering Rwanda Film Series
* February 16: “Keepers of Memory” filmmaker Eric Kabera will be present and discuss his film.
* February 18: Family Film Day with two films by local directors set in Mali, Welcome to Mali and Ko-Falen / The Gift Exchange.
* Local after-film speakers from film-related counties of Rwanda, Mali, Trinidad, Botswana and Namibia.

WEEK FOUR: February 23, 24, 25

* February 25: Forum on HIV/AIDS in Africa with local panelists.
* Local after-film speakers from film-related countries of Sudan, South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Algeria.

WEEK FIVE: March 2, 3, 4

* March 3: Visiting Director Sara Rashad will present and discuss her film.
* Local after-film speakers from film-related countries of Niger, Mozambique, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Angola.

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