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FORGIVENESS explores the act of forgiveness through a wide range of stories, from adultery and personal betrayal to the post-genocidal reconciliation of nations. In focusing on specific instances of affliction one family torn apart by abandonment, the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa or the memories of 60s radicals coping with their violent acts of protest FORGIVENESS studies the psychological impetus and impacts of this crucial sentiment, illuminating its power, its limitations and, in some cases, its dangers.
Giving voice to the stories of nations and individuals who have suffered and struggled to forgive, FORGIVENESS provides a moving and much-needed chronicle of reconciliation.
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The film, at nearly three hours, is structured in two main parts (listed individually as Act One and Act Two on the DVD menu). Act One tells of three very disturbing crime stories and just might be one of the most compelling movies I've seen in quite some time. The lead story deals with the aftermath of a massacre in an Amish school house, then there's a woman who survived a brutal attack only to pursue the culprit decades later, and lastly a sixties radical who participated in a crime that resulted in the death of police officer. The second and third pieces (in particular) are so intimate, uncomfortable and multi-faceted. The film does a great job juxtaposing all the conflicting emotions inherent in forgiveness and redemption--and exploring whether they are even viable concepts in some cases.Read more ›
The film explores the spiritual, psychological, and social challenges of forgiveness: are there acts that, by their very nature, are unforgivable? Do we, the living, commit an injustice to the dead when we decide to forgive past evil so that we may move on with our lives? Can forgiveness be afforded too quickly if wrongdoers have not yet fully realized or repented their sins?
These are just a few of the questions that the film raises in a wide variety of circumstances and settings, some of which are widely known (such as the Rwandan genocide), and others of which have faded from the public eye (the murder of five Amish schoolchildren in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania). "Forgiveness" also examines the "intimate woundings" of our everyday lives, the quiet transformations that strain, and sometimes break, the bonds of family and friends, woundings which require deep devotion and awareness that forgiveness may be extended.
What is perhaps most extraordinary about this work is that it avoids easy answers and pat formulations. It leaves us with no doubt that there are no absolutes when it comes to forgiveness. Forgiveness is an individual decision, sometimes taken in solitude and sometimes made in a larger religious, social, or political context. It is clearly a process, one that may take an entire lifetime. Whether you are contemplating events on the scale of 9/11 or you are seeking to come to terms with more personal injustices or hurts, this film will give you plenty to consider and, quite possibly, hope to continue your journey.
Because the film allowed the ugliness of partially complete forgiveness journeys to be shown, it allows the viewer to "climb the ladder", understand where THEY may be on the ladder, rather than just stand back and say, "the mountain is too high - why bother?".
It does NOT justify a partial journey as the "right answer" - it just unblinkingly shows that those ugly ladder steps in the process are out there and may eventually have to be dealt with.
Sure, some may try to use elements of this video to avoid the forgiveness process, or even try to justify their anger & hatred. Yes, I agree with reviewer "Brian" that the "only way out is to forgive", but after watching this DVD three full times, I can honestly say that because it does NOT hammer the viewer with " Thou MUST forgive"...it genuinely leads the viewer towards that very understanding AND helps people remember that forgiveness is a process. Mistakes can & will be made. It is NOT just an emotionless YES/NO, forgive/don't forgive, hate/don't hate, angry/don't be angry equation.
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The film starts strong but then I started to note a message in the film. The film has a message that total forgiveness is simply an ideal and not an actual possibility. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Brian Warner
This video is a good, broad overview on the subject of forgiveness. I would recommend this video to anyone who is looking into the subject of forgiveness.Published on November 7, 2011 by Norm Bucholtz
I was looking for the movie Forgiveness with Arnold Vosloo and I thought that's what I had purchased. The description of the one with Mr. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by BxVel