OSIP Podcast #7: A conversation with Sara Terry, Director of Fambul Tok

23 Feb

It has been a pleasure getting to know the filmmakers selected for this tour. They are an ambitious and accomplished bunch. Sara Terry started off as a reporter then photojournalist working in conflict and post-conflict settings, and it was this work that actually led to her partnership with Catalyst for Peace and eventually resulted in her incredible film Fambul Tok. It’s a complicated and moving story of healing, following a series of grassroots community reconciliation efforts taking place in Sierra Leone.

Check out the film’s trailer here:

During our conversation, Sara’s energy and focus blew me away. She has traveled all over the world and engaged with post-conflict issues on every possible level. And as if she didn’t have enough to do with the photography, filmmaking, and writing, she also founded and runs The Aftermath Project. In the podcast interview, we discussed her career path, her thoughts on making a film like this for Western audiences, the experience of filming in such tense situations.

Listen here.

Podcast music: Finding the Balance by Keven MacLeod at incomptech.com

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One Response to “OSIP Podcast #7: A conversation with Sara Terry, Director of Fambul Tok”

  1. Laura Zinger March 2, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Sara,

    I am one of the other filmmakers that is a part of the OSIP tour, and I just have to say that the trailer to your film looks incredible, and your podcast was outstanding.

    Your film is where I think that the true power in independent documentary filmmaking lies. The stark contrast I can see between the community you observed in your documentary and many American lives (just based off of what I saw in the trailer alone) really makes me appreciate the life I live here in America, but made me see the obvious hardships that warfare and warmongering wreck on human life. Your film looks outstanding. Is there someplace where I can purchase your film so that I can see it in its entirety?

    I hope your tour is incredible.

    Laura Zinger

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