By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The 25th annual Cascade Festival of African Films will feature 34 free movies, including one focusing on local young people who escaped war and famine in Somalia.
The festival, centered at the Portland Community College Cascade Campus, will open February 6 and continue through March 8. The schedule is at www.africanfilmfestival.org.
Most of the full-length features, documentaries and short films will be shown in the Moriarty Auditorium at the PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St.
An exception is the opening night feature, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” based on the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The free screening will be from 6 to 9 p.m. February 6 at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
The film balances personal drama against national upheaval, beginning with Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
The local documentary, “Lessons of Basketball and War,” examines the roots of conflict between Somali ethnic groups. It focuses on girls who escaped that country to become members of a Hosford Middle School basketball team.
Ron Bourke, a Portland writer, director and producer who made “Lessons,” will be at the festival. The film will show at 2 p.m. February 28 in the Moriarty Auditorium.
Women filmmakers will be featured March 5-7 and will join in panel discussions. A Student Fest for high school and college-age students and a Family Fest, featuring films for children, also are scheduled.