Tok-ing it out: Capitol Theatre screens award-winning film on postwar Sierra Leone

The Hollywood Reporter has called Fambul Tok “shocking and inspiring,” and Paste Magazine praised it as an “incredible documentary” while recognizing the movie as one of the 12 best at SXSW 2011.

As we gear up for the holiday season and prepare for the rituals of giving thanks, exchanging gifts and extending goodwill, a film like Fambul Tok may be an unlikely but appropriate source of inspiration and offer a sobering orientation to our thoughts and sentiments.

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Reserved tickets $10, students get in for $7 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office. You can also call 727-791-7400, or go to Visit to find out more about the organization and go to to see a trailer of the movie.


Can lasting justice and peace be achieved not through punishment but reconciliation? That’s the idea central to the community-oriented organization and documentary that shares its name, Fambul Tok. It’s also a concept whose dramatic impact is undoubtedly heightened in light of the atrocities that many were forced to commit during Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war.

Filmmaker Sara Terry follows Sierra Leonean John Caulker as he moves from village to village, persuading locals to use the country’s tradition of “fambul tok” — or family talk — to help promote the healing process between perpetrators and victims of horrible violence, and repair divided communities through ceremonies of forgiveness and redemption.

Now this award-winning film, which has been making the rounds on the festival circuit both here and abroad, is coming to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre for a one-time screening.

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