Fambul Tok (Family Talk): Healing the Wounds of War
Broadcast on August 01, 2012
With Libby Hoffman & John Caulker
Founder/President of Catalyst for Peace; co-founder of Fambul Tok (the program); Producer, Fambul Tok (the film)
Libby Hoffman has been active in peacebuilding for 25 years – as a professor, trainer, facilitator, program director, consultant, and funder. A former Political Science professor at Principia College, she left academia to focus on the practice of peacebuilding , emphasizing the link between individual and community transformation. She has developed and led conflict resolution training programs in corporate, congregational, educational and community settings. She founded Catalyst for Peace (a Portland, Maine based private foundation) in 2003, to mobilize and support locally owned peacebuilding around the world, and to bring the stories of this work to the world. In the course of working with award-winning photographer Sara Terry to document stories of forgiveness and reconciliation in post-conflict Africa, Hoffman met John Caulker in 2007, and they began the partnership that led to the founding of Fambul Tok in Sierra Leone, alongside the commitment to document the process in film. Fambul Tok incorporated as an international organization in 2009 with Hoffman serving as its first President. Catalyst for Peace is still the US funding and program partner for Fambul Tok, and continues to focus on ways to share its stories and lessons more broadly. Fambul Tok (the film) was released in 2011 to great critical acclaim – with Hoffman as Producer/Executive Producer.