THE FIGHT TO FORGIVE
From Child Soldiers to Peacebuilders
For tens of thousands of child soldiers, the end of Liberia’s brutal civil war was just the beginning of a new fight—a struggle to rebuild their shattered lives and find their place in communities ravaged by a war that children were forced to fight. Today, a fragile peace exists in post-conflict Liberia, and after years of trauma and isolation, young ex-combatants are determined to help build a peaceful future for their developing nation.
In THE FIGHT TO FORGIVE, we meet six Liberian former child soldiers who are training as grassroots peacebuilders and re-entering their villages with a new mission of peace and reconciliation. Having traded their weapons for soccer balls, cameras, and storytelling circles, these young Liberians embark on a remarkable journey out of war.
With unprecedented access to young ex-combatants and their former commander, the film follows the group for five years of life after war. During their peacebuilder training program, the former child soldiers confess past atrocities, confront their former general, become peer counselors and photographers, and re-connect with their communities. The young peacebuilders discover that their healing and Liberia’s future depend on one final personal battle—the fight to forgive themselves and the adults who forced them to kill.
Woven from their stories and artful photographic reflections of post-conflict life, THE FIGHT TO FORGIVE teaches us that peace is possible, even in the most traumatized and divided regions of the world.
I was struck by the resilience and strength of these 'Future Guardians of Peace' who've successfully put down the weapons of war and are now welding the tools of peace. It's a journey you won't forget.
- Dwayne Newton
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FILMS PRESENTS “THE FIGHT TO FORGIVE”
PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY BY ULLI BONNEKAMP EDITED BY VINCENT STENERSON
WITH STILL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDRE LAMBERTSON & THE FUTURE GUARDIANS OF PEACE
FEATURING AKOI MAWOLO EZEKIEL MAVOLO MOHAMMED KAMARA MORRIS KAMARA VARLEE SHERIFF
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JAMI SIEBER AND EVAN SCHILLER ,
DIRECTED, PRODUCED & WRITTEN
BY CYNTHIA TRAVIS