Welcome to the 32nd Festival!
We can’t wait to celebrate our 32nd year of showing “Africa through African lenses” with a curated collection of 30 films by African Directors from over 18 nations, live interviews with filmmakers, community conversations, and more!
This year we will come back together in person while maintaining our connections over distance virtually. We will have four in-person events held at the Hollywood and Clinton Street Theaters. All films (with one exception) will also be available to watch online. As we have all learned, circumstances can shift rapidly so we encourage you to continue to check our website for any updates regarding the in-person events and also to familiarize yourself with the safety protocols.
This year’s festival will focus on the theme of Diaspora celebrating folks of African descent living around the world as well as the U.S. Our opening night film “Diatribe” is a concert documentary featuring the evolutionary lineage between African dance traditions and the dance styles from today’s youth. In his director’s statement, AJ Wone says of the film, “The concept and mission of DiaTribe is to serve as a groundbreaker using rhythm and soulful spirit with respect to unveiling an impermeable foundation bridging The Continent with North America.”
We felt that a film not only connecting the African continent with the diaspora but also that uplifted and celebrated local Portland artists was exactly what we need as we come back together as a community.
Whether you choose to join us online or in-person we can’t wait to see you soon!