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Forgiveness: A Healing Documentary| 27mins
Director: Mara Alper | Producer: Mara Alper
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, global, healing, peace, psychology, society, transformation, united states, violence
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
We are all faced with the question of whether or not to forgive many times in our lives. This documentary examines a psychological and philosophical approach to the dilemma. We can choose to forgive not because we ought to, but because it will help us heal. This possibility for profound healing is told through four powerful stories from a prisoner, a recovering alcoholic, a grieving mother and a renowned world leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Each portrays different aspects of forgiveness after suffering a loss -- loss of innocence, trust, life or liberty. They tell us how they moved on with their lives instead of staying locked in anger. As Tutu says, “I forgive you, whether you want to be forgiven or not. You are not going to forever make me a victim.” The documentary is designed to foster discussion in diverse populations in the hope of expanding conflict resolution options. This thought provoking program is for anyone who has been hurt, but has not yet healed. It has been used successfully in classrooms, community centers, prisons, mental health centers, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, alternatives to incarceration programs, campus ministry programs and by therapists, psychologists and in spiritual healing practices.
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