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Sierra Leone, And Westport

It’s a long way from Sierra Leone to Westport.

But one nearby company, and another local organization, are doing what they can to bridge the miles, and the cultures.

Norwalk-based film Copper Pot Pictures recently made a documentary — Brownstones to Red Dirt — about pen pals from an orphanage in the African nation, and the projects of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The children’s artwork and letters are currently being showcased at the Westport Arts Center.

This Friday at the WAC (6 p.m.), there’s a screening of the film, plus a reception, a Q-and-A with one of the Brooklyn students, and silent auction to benefit Schools for Salone.

For years, much of the news from Sierra Leone has been bad.

This news — and all the activity surrounding it — is very, very good.

(Tickets for this Friday’s film screening and other events are $10 for WAC members, $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets and view the silent auction items, click here.)