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WHISPER OF SILENCE, THE

Special Presentation; U.S. Premiere. Q&A with filmmaker Alfonso Quijada on Oct. 9

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Written and directed by multi-award-winning producer Alfonso Quijada (MALACRIANZA, PABLO'S WORD) WHISPER OF SILENCE is set in the coffee fields of El Salvador, where 18-year-old Josefina Moreno (Colombian actress Laura Osma) has worked since the age of 10. Over the years, Josefina has quietly developed a rare and refined sense of smell that allows her to evaluate and appreciate coffee beans with quasi-scientific precision. When her unique gift is revealed to the owners of the farm on which she works, Josefina embarks on a journey from the coffee fields to become a professional coffee taster and sought-after expert in the industry. But as Josefina navigates her newfound success, she must also deal with problems at home, including the plight of her rebellious younger brother, who finds himself caught up in a crime gone wrong, and the unwanted attentions of a previous employer who threatens to upend Josefina's life just as she is poised to take the coffee world by storm. Official Selection, 2020 Whistler Film Festival, 2021 Suchitoto International Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Alfonso Quijada; PROD Andy Hodgson. El Salvador/Colombia/Canada, 2020, color, 81 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

81 Minutes
Drama, coming-of-age

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