Home > Centre for the Study of Human Rights > Events > 2011 > Fambul Tok: a film about the power of forgiveness

Fambul Tok: a film about the power of forgiveness

Page Contents >
  • Date and time: Thursday 27 October 2011
  • Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
  • Speakers: Paramount Chief Alfred Banya,Dr Jon Lunn,  Dr Margot Salomon (Chair)


distant shot of two people talkingVictims 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. Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level – succeeding where the international community's post-conflict efforts failed. 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.


Jon Lunn is a member of the board of Fambul Tok International. He gained a PhD in African History at the University of Oxford in 1987 and has regularly taught on the Masters programmes of the Department of International Development, LSE, since 2000. He has been active on transitional justice issues in Sierra Leone since 1998 and currently works for the House of Commons Research Service of the British Parliament.

Paramount Chief Alfred Banya is Chair of the Fambul Tok District Executive Committee, Moyamba District. 

Fambul Tok logo