More than 50 films representing 25 countries in Africa will be featured all in one weekend this month at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival.

The festival is presented by the Oriki Theater and Community School of Music and Arts. Based in Mountain View the Oriki Theater group focuses on promoting African culture and heritage through a variety of musical and theatrical arts, folk stories, chants and the drum. The festival puts a spotlight on “Africa through the African lens” focusing on films made by African filmmakers and showing audiences the real Africa.

The ceremony begins Friday, Oct. 14 with a red carpet reception and a parade of flags. There will also be a fashion show and a special screening of the opening night feature film. The rest of the weekend will feature more screenings, live entertainment, performances, conversations with the directors, food and an African marketplace.

An exciting feature of this year’s festival will be the Diaspora Spotlight. The program aims to honor and celebrate African culture in a country or region of the African diaspora. In its inaugural year the spotlight will focus on African culture in Brazil. Awards will be given out for a variety of categories including Emerging Filmmaker Award, Narrative Feature Film and Documentary Film Award.

The festival will be held at the Finn Center in Mountain View, Oct 14-16.