|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Libby Hoffman - Producers: Hannah Ewing, Rory Kennedy, Libby Hoffman - Cinematographer: Henry Jacobson - Editor: Brian Singbiel
Victims and offenders of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war come together for the first time, to revive their ancient cultural practice of 'fambul tok' (family talk) to address the horrors of the conflict. Rebuilding shattered lives and communities through truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies at bonfires and in cleansing rituals used by their ancestors, Sierra Leoneans are also building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level - succeeding where the international community's post-conflict efforts failed. Neighbors and whole villages come to terms with rape, murder -- and massacre, in a story that involves one of the most notorious alleged offenders of the war, Captain Mohammed Savage, who plays a surprising role in the film. Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of 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.
A former award-winning reporter for the Christian Science Monitor (and founding member of Monitor Radio, the Monitor's public radio program), Sara Terry made a mid-career transition into photojournalism and documentary photography in the late 1990s. The focus of her work since then has been in post-conflict societies. Her long-term project about the aftermath of war in Bosnia-Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace-was published in September 2005 by Channel Photographics, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by PDN (Photo District News). Her work has been widely published and exhibited at such venues as the United Nations, Moving Walls/Open Society, the Museum of Photography in Antwerp, and the Leica Gallery in Solms, Germany. She is the founder of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit grant program that helps photographers cover the aftermath of conflict, and builds educational outreach and partnerships around the understanding that "war is only half the story." She is currently in production on her second documentary, FOLK, about three singer-songwriters trying to make it in the changing sub-culture of American folk music. She is also the frequent guest host of To the Point, and Left, Right and Center-public radio shows produced by KCRW, Santa Monica, and distributed to stations nationwide by Public Radio International. Fambul Tok is Sara Terry's first feature-length documentary.