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March 6: Film, discussion mark Season for Nonviolence

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Grassroots efforts to build peace in Sierra Leone following its 11-year civil war is to topic of an award-winning documentary that will be shown March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The screening and discussion marks the Season for Nonviolence, a national 64-day campaign dedicated to creating awareness about successful efforts to build peace in regions around the world and empowering international communities to undertake efforts toward nonviolence.

"Fambul Tok," which means "family talk" in Krio—the primary language of Sierra Leone—tells the stories of forgiveness and reconciliation that has led to healing and sustainable peace in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Told through the intimate stories of perpetrators and victims, the film reveals a culture that values restoration of relationships and the wholeness of community above punishment and retribution.

The discussion will be facilitated by Libby Hoffman, the film's producer and co-founder of Fambul Tok International, which advances peace by mobilizing communities ravaged by war to work together toward reconciliation. For more information about the organization, visit

The event is co-sponsored with the Frederick Season for Nonviolence.

For more information, contact Rev. Beth O'Malley, dean of the chapel, at (301) 696-3436.