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The Washington area has a growing African community, but it still seems odd that this would be the site of the world premiere of The Widow, a new Nigerian film. One clue can be found on the Web site of its producer, filmmaker Kingsley (Osuofia in London) Ogoro: Its cyber-poll asks if site visitors think the movie should be released. A drama about the “debasing and dangerous treatment” accorded widows in Nigeria under traditional customs, The Widow does seem potentially controversial. But apparently director Aquila Njamah’s drama is not as troublesome to Nigerian authorities as is its star, Stella Damasus Aboderin. A recent widow herself, Aboderin is among the actors whose work has been banned by Nigeria’s film-marketing association. Aboderin is scheduled to appear at this screening, which is part of the ongoing CinemAfrica series, so perhaps she’ll explain why she, and Nigerian cinema, are seeking aesthetic refuge in Silver Spring. The film screens at 5 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)