The 2021 Cascade Festival of African Films will be held virtually from February 5 to March 10, 2021. The festival will remain free and open to the public, but films will be shown online. Check back here soon for more details and the list of films!
Directed by Mounia Meddour
Women Filmmakers Week
The term papicha is slang for a hip, pretty girl. Inspired by real events in the late 1990s during the Algerian Civil War, Papicha tells the story of Nedjma, a young student who is fiercely feminist and passionate about fashion design. She and her friends decide that, despite the bans, they must continue to follow their dreams and put on a fashion show. An intense threat of escalating violence builds in the film as religious hard-liners close in on the female students to punish them for their alleged immorality.
(Note:some violent imagery.)
In Arabic and French with English subtitles.
Sponsored by Mercy Corps
All films are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
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