Fambul Tok: The Family Tree Bends But It Does Not Break

Abby Zimet

How to move forward from a civil war in which victims, newly brutalized, are forced in turn to brutalize their relatives and neighbors - uncles raping their nieces, friends slaughtering their friends. In a new film, Fambul Tok, victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s civil war come together in truth-telling ceremonies based on the ancient practice of fambul tok - family talk - to find forgiveness, redemption, the ties of community. Now screening at film festivals and out on DVD. From Catalyst for Peace and Fambul Tok International, which works to build sustainable peace and healing at the grass-roots level.

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