The second annual Maine African Film Festival begins Tuesday in Portland and runs through April 10.

The event includes panel discussions, workshops for local students and question-and-answer sessions with film directors.

The festival begins on Tuesday with an opening reception for Lemi Ghariokwu, a Nigerian artist and designer who has created more than 2,000 album-cover images, including covers for albums by Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.

The reception is followed by the first film of the festival, “Sex, Okra and Salted Butter,” at 7:30 p.m.

All films will be screened at Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland, except for a few children’s films, which will be screened at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland.

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When: Opening reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland

How much: Free. Films at the Nickelodeon are $7 ($5 for students and seniors).


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