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Cannes winner highlights African film festival

Story by James Hill. Photos courtesy of Cascade Festival of African Films.

African Films PosterIt attracts more than 4,500 film-goers to a month-long schedule of cinema.

The 18th edition of Portland Community College’s Cascade Festival of African Films commences in February with a Cannes Film Festival award-winner and a visit by one of Cameroon’s most influential filmmakers.

The Cascade Festival of African Films, organized entirely by volunteers, is offered to the public free of charge and has shown more than 240 films since its inception in 1991.

Venues include:

Days of glory

Days of Glory

This year’s month-long event, starting Friday, Feb. 1, and running through to Saturday, March 1, will open with a screening of Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s “Days of Glory,” the hard-hitting winner of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Exceptional both as a war film and as a study in colonial exploitation, “Days of Glory” (7 p.m., Feb. 1, at the Hollywood Theatre) follows a group of North Africans who find themselves in Europe during World War II, fighting to liberate a country that holds them in colonial servitude.

In the second week of the festival, Cameroonian director Jean-Marie Téno will make a visit. One of Africa’s premiere documentary filmmakers, T