Sierra Leone suffered a brutal civil war that started in 1991 and lasted 11 years. The end of the war has ushered in a period of recovery and rebuilding in the country. Its citizens have struggled with issues of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Sierra Leoneans have revived the traditional practice of fambul tok, which translates to “family talk”. Communities have come together for programs of truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. The country is building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level and succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed.
The Southside Film Institute is screening a documentary that chronicles the process of forgiveness and reconciliation in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Fambul Tok tells the story of healing through the intimate stories of perpetrators and victims.
The film has powerful lessons about how to end the cycle of violence. These lessons can be applied in our families, in our communities, and in our nations.
Location: Victory Fire House
Address: 205 Webster Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Date: January 19, 2012
Time: Doors open at 6:45pm – Film starts at 7:15pm