The 23rd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films
This year the Cascade Festival of African Films opens on February 1st with "Toussaint Louverture", Philippe Niang's film about the Haitian leader Toussaint Louverture, who led the only successful slave rebellion in the history of the Americas. Director Niang will present his film on opening night, which will also feature a performance by the Jefferson Dancers. Women's Filmmakes Week will be promoted during the last week of the festival, featuring women-directed and produced films from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mali, Kenya and Ghana. The festival's Family Film Day is Sat., Feb. 23. Specific films are featured throughout the festival, many presented with their directors, stars, and panels for discussion. The Cascade Festival of African Films is the longest running annual film festival in the U.S., and shows through March 2 at the Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College Cascade Campus.