Family Talk (Fambul Tok)
Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. By reviving the ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leonean John Caulker is helping his countrymen build sustainable peace at the grassroots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed. Using powerful footage captured at village gatherings where perpetrator and victim meet face-to-face and reconcile, the film explores a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals – and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “Director Sara Terry brings a career’s worth of journalism experience to this assured filmmaking debut, organizing her material into chapters that escalate in drama and illuminate her main subject’s mission without ever getting distracted by his personal life or history.”
With producer Libby Hoffman, co-founder of Fambul Tok.