Film Night - Passport to Africa Week is pleased to continue its partnership with Passport to Africa, which this year will include the sponsorship of a Film Night on Wednesday, May 20, 2009.  The Jamati Film Section will introduce one of the most acclaimed African films of the year, “From A Whisper,” to a diverse Washington DC audience. 

 “From a Whisper”, a Kenyan film that explores the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, is a clear superstar, winning five top prizes at the 5th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) that was held in Nigeria last month. 

 “From a Whisper” received the Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Original Soundtrack and AMAA Achievement in Editing awards, displacing the Nigerian Nollywood films that typically dominate these categories. The movie directed by Wanuri Kahiu commemorates the 10th anniversary of the August 7th terrorist bombing in Kenya in 1998, in which over 250 people died and more than 5,000 were injured.  A tragedy, that could easily be compared with the 9/11 bombings of the World Trade Center in 2001.

“From a Whisper” shot entirely in Nairobi, Kenya draws from a powerful script to tell a very touching story of the bombing aftermath through the lives of several victims and their families who had to pick-up the pieces of their lives shredded by the blast.

This screening will be a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the most talked about African films and directors this year.   Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the event. If you have questions feel free to send them to

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