Lipscomb sponsors film on peacemaking in Sierra Leone, at Nashville Film Fest
By Janel Shoun on 4/10/2011
Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series, a program of the College of Arts and Sciences, is sponsoring two showings of the film Fambul Tok, at the Nashville Film Festival, in the Regal Green Hills Cinema, on Friday, April 15 at noon and on Monday, April 18, at 5:15 p.m.
Fambul Tok is the final regularly scheduled film in the 2010-11 academic year for HumanDocs series, a social-justice documentary series that aims to create a conversation toward a more just, peaceful and inclusive university and city. As part of the Nashville Film Festival, admission will cost $12 for the public $9 for students and seniors. Tickets for Fambul Tok at the Nashville Film Festival can be purchased at nashvillefilmfestival.org.
Fambul Tok, is a film about the power of forgiveness. Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. By 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. This film explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in personal redemption and healing -- and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.
Fambul Tok is an official grantee of the Sundance Documentary Institute, was the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Fort Myers Film Festival and was an official selection at the Global Social Change Film Festival.
The Nashville Film Festival is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through an annual celebration of the art of motion pictures, year-round events and community outreach. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, the organization’s signature eight-day April festival, now known as the Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan, is the longest running film festival in the South.
The Nashville Film Festival has been an instrumental partner in the HumanDocs Film Series at Lipscomb.