2012-03-29 / About Town

‘Leh Wi Tok’ will be shown tonight at JAC

The Jamestown Arts Center will present a special screening of “Leh Wi Tok,” a documentary film about the power of radio in Sierra Leone, West Africa, on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

“Leh Wi Tok” – which translates to “let us talk” – was created by a Rhode Island-based team led by director John Lavall and producer Mary Copp. The film won best short documentary at the Cincinnati International Film Festival.

The event will also feature a special exhibit of photographs of Sierra Leone by “Leh Wi Tok” photographer Kate Kelley. The photos will be on display and for sale through April 1.

“Leh Wi Tok” is the story of Sierra Leone radio pioneer Andrew Kromah and his unrelenting quest to support community-based radio stations in his country so that peace and democracy can flourish. Amidst persistent political harassment, financial woes, technical difficulties and geographic challenges, Kromah and his colleagues put their lives on the line to bring disparate and often unheard voices to the table.

Following the 40-minute film there will be a conversation with Topher Hamblett, president of the Foundation for West Africa.

The Foundation for West Africa is a Rhode Island-based nonprofit organization that supports independent radio stations in Sierra Leone and Libiera since 2004. Topher Hamblett, founder and president of the foundation, is a Rhode Islander who served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone in the mid- 1980s.

General admission is $10, $5 for students. The film is recommended for children 12 and older.

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