Fambul Tok
Fambul Tok

Film Title

Fambul Tok


    Thursday 29 September 16:30
  • All Tickets £5.00


82 mins


Director: Sara Terry Country: USA
Writer: n/a Original Format: HD
Dir. of Photography: Henry Jacobson Print Source: Sara Terry
Producer: Sara Terry, Rory Kennedy, Libby Hoffman
Cast: John Caulker

Film Details

European Premiere

Official Selection Documentary

Short Synopsis:

Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's brutal war come together for the first time in an unprecedented reconciliation program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies.


Fambul TokHow would you feel if you lived next door to your rapist, or walked past the man who killed your father every day? Could you forgive them? Would you ever be able to call them your friend?

Following an 11 year civil war and a blanket amnesty for all but the most prolific perpetrators, Sierra Leoneans routinely rub shoulders with those who have wronged them in the most heinous of ways – and this documentary follows a rare initiative that seeks to reconcile them.

Drawing on ancient African traditions, victims are encouraged to tell their tale around a campfire before identifying their aggressor. In the intimate night-time recordings, we hear harrowing stories plainly told, then watch in awe as the criminal comes forward. Yet the rights and wrongs shift as easily as the flame-thrown shadows: with so many forced to fall in with the rebels or face death, the murderers ache with regret and the experience is cathartic for the entire community.

In contrast to the dark and intimate campfire sections, the rest of the film is characterised by colour and clarity, communicating the calm, hope and sense of newness that follows a long and violent storm. A humbling testament to the power of forgiveness, this movie is sure to leave you feeling uplifted.

Abigail Smith

04 October 2011 Louise Hector Fambul Tok
04 October 2011 Louise Hector Interview: Fambul Tok Producer, Libby Hoffman

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