Film and Panel Discussion hosted by 400 Years of African American History Commission in conjunction with Congressman Robert C. Scott.
Please join us for a special viewing of Kemba, a narrative feature film based on one woman’s harrowing experience with the criminal justice system. A panel discussion will follow that touches on key legislative issues.
Monday, February 5, 2024
4:00–7:00 p.m. – Film and Panel Discussion
7:30–9:30 p.m. – Offsite Reception
Film & Panel Discussion Location:
Congressional Auditorium & Atrium (CVC 200)
First St SE, Washington, DC 20515
*Shuttles will loop from the Hyatt Regency Hotel to CVC beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Post-screening Reception (Offsite) Location:
Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
About the Film
A sheltered college student who falls in love with a man, only to learn he is a drug kingpin, finds herself in the middle of the government’s “war on drugs.”
Based on the true story of Kemba Smith, Kemba follows the journey of a sheltered college student who falls in love with a man, only to find out he isn’t who he seems. When Kemba learns of her boyfriend Khalif’s true identity as a drug kingpin, he turns abusive—grooming strait-laced Kemba to overlook his illicit dealings. Though she never dealt or handled drugs, in a tragic turn of events, Kemba receives an outrageous sentence for her boyfriend’s crimes—placing her in the middle of the government’s “war on drugs.” Never losing hope, her parents along with an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund launch a campaign for appeal and later clemency, harnessing the power of Black civic organizations, sororities, celebrities, and lawmakers to help free Kemba.