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Summer Send-Off Campaign

When educators host school screenings of FAMBUL TOK,
they spark ideas, conversation and change.

In the award-winning film FAMBUL TOK, victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time since the conflict to commit an act as astonishing as it is simple: they forgive one another. Together, the people of Sierra Leone are reviving the ancient, traditional practice of fambul tok (“family talk”), creating sustainable grass-roots peace where international efforts have failed.

We just finished editing a special 52-minute Educational Version of the film, and we can’t wait to share it!  As a pre-launch of our official educational campaign this fall, we want to encourage you, a select group of schools, to bring FAMBUL TOK to your own classrooms, and to end the school year on a high note.  Through Fambul Tok’s “Summer Send-Off” you can:

  1. Foster classroom unity and conflict resolution.
  2. Create a dialogue about justice, community and the power of forgiveness.
  3. Discuss and discover a replicable model for peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  4. Inspire action in your school and community.

Experience in Other Schools

FAMBUL TOK has been integrated into the curriculum at The Philadelphia School, an independent preschool-8th grade school in Philadelphia, PA, where they transformed the lessons of the film into their own community-building classroom process. Here’s what Rei M., a 6th grader who participated in the program, said about her experience:

“… As [our classroom fambul tok] progressed, it became one of the most liberating, friendly, and emotional moments of my life … Everyone in the entire class cried. We all shared … I was sitting between two boys and by the end we were hugging and crying together. Fambul tok originated in Sierra Leone, where people … had to be so forgiving, so kind, and so generous that they would let the people that had been horrible to them come back into their lives, to be their friends once again. Now when I think of the words fambul tok, I think of family.”

We invite you to use FAMBUL TOK to address curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, civics, world history, multicultural education, anthropology, thinking and reasoning, film studies, conflict mediation and resolution, and service learning.

Contact us by May 15 to acquire the film for classroom and educational use as a part of this Summer Send-Off. Your screening license will include the brand-new first-time release of the new 52-minute educational version of the film; the original feature-length DVD complete with special bonus features; and your own copy of the FAMBUL TOK Hosting Guide.

To order, or for more information, contact Hannah Ewing, Outreach and Screenings Coordinator, via email or by calling (207) 775-2861.

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