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The Power of Forgiveness (2007)

Elie Weisel , Thich Nhat Hanh , Martin Doblmeier  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elie Weisel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore
  • Directors: Martin Doblmeier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YVB2NO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To forgive somone can be simple. But this simple act can have powerul consequences - and may lead to a personal and spiritual transformation. Recently, the study of forgiveness has come into its own.
Researchers are examining the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness under an amazingly wide variety of conditions, ranging from petty insults to sexual assault to 9/11. Clinicians now help guide people to forgive transgressions and get on with their lives. From Ground Zero to Northern Ireland to the Amish countryside, THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS explores this important concept, and reveals how forgiveness can transform your life.


A healing message. --Chirstian Science Monitor

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS!! March 30, 2008
What does it mean to forgive someone? How do you go about forgiving? Does it mean that we forgo justice? Is forgiving simply a spiritual experience between an individual and God or does it play out on many different levels? These and other questions are addressed in this look at forgiveness by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier (Bonhoeffer). It looks at real life examples of forgiveness such as the Amish in the wake of the killing of five Amish schoolgirls that ripped their community. It shows the speech Elie Weisel made to the German Bundestadt challenging them to ask forgiveness of the Jewish people and then two months later, the speech made to the Israeli Knesset by the President of Germany asking forgiveness on behalf of Germany. It looks at forgiveness on many different levels including the physical level and how forgiveness (or lack of it) affects us physically and shows examples of forgiveness being taught in elementary schools as well as being offered in colleges. It shows three women who lost loved ones in 9/11 who travel to Lebanon to experience the Garden of Forgiveness established by the Lebanese and wonder why there is so much opposition to establishing a Garden of Forgiveness on the WTC site. While many might want to limit forgiveness to a theological discussion (and it certainly is a major if not THE major theological doctrine), this film shows the power of forgiveness beyond just the theological implications and how our world could be different if forgiveness were taken seriously and practiced by everyone. At the very least, this should be a wonderful conversation starter for those serious about studying forgiveness. Read more ›
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, upbeat, positive film with important message! December 12, 2007
A film everyone should see - the interviews are timely and relevant, the stories's a transformative film, if you're open to its message of forgiveness. And if you're not open to it, this will help you become open.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super basis for discussion December 11, 2008
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I can't believe I didn't review this before. This was really useful for our forgiveness study group. One segment at a time, we discussed the immediate and far-reaching implications. We were a group of six, the "forgiveness team" resulting from a seven-week study I had led at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN. For that study we had used Wilma Derksen's little (and very effective) Bible-based study guide. We plan to use this DVD as the core of a one-day forgiveness workshop sometime in the Spring. Each segment is powerful in demonstrating one of the many facets of forgiveness. From my point of view, this DVD has the advantage of not being Bible-based and useful, therefore, for a much broader audience.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful and thought-provoking film February 21, 2008
Consisting of several stories, this film explores human struggle to overcome various kinds of bad experiences, and to find peace of the soul through forgiveness. I recommend this film to everyone who looks for possibilities of reconciliation with the past in some way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs UP for DVD, THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS November 3, 2010
By Viv
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This DVD is an excellent documentary about its title, THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. There are interviews and comments from such notable intellectuals as Elie Wiesel and Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a moving story, as well, about the effects of forgiveness on both the person offering forgiveness as well as the person receiving it. Unforgiveness poisons individuals, groups, and even countries against one another. It is such an apt topic for our times, for all times. In the future, I hope that Amazon will offer more documentaries of this caliber that relate to spiritual issues. After watching it several times, I ordered two copies because I knew that I would be continually lending one out to a friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it is Ok, but I forgive. September 22, 2010
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Great subject matter and concept and I do hope more like it continue to come forth. However, I was hoping for more, more depth, more focus, more heartfelt. The cover is misleading, the experts are minimal in thier input. It was worth watching and a very important lesson in life for those of us that live with fear and resentment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional healing October 16, 2009
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This is a very powerful and moving film. It is professionally well done but highly emotional and sad in parts. This is not a film for children! Anyone who recommends this film to someone with intense grief or emotional pain should view the movie first to see if it is appropriate to the person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on Forgiveness July 25, 2011
By Katie
I used this DVD to stimulate discussion and thinking on forgiveness in a group of college students. It is excellent, bringing in various perspectives on the issue and powerful examples to explore. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nice but I thought it will be life changing... not in my case... but it's ok...
Published 7 days ago by Sandra Cabra
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a moving account of various people and how ...
This is a moving account of various people and how they were able to forgive under excruciatingly difficult circumstances. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jane M
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this to anyone as we all need to care ...
This is clearly a very strong film on forgiveness. I would recommend this to anyone as we all need to care for ourselves by being a person who forgives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna Zvonar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must see during these difficult times
Published 2 months ago by madbap
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to learn about forgiveness
This video is very good to watch and think about. Something to have handy when you need to remind yourself about forgiveness and what it does for the person doing the forgiving... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
If everyone watched this, the world would be a lot better place. It shows the harmful effects of unforgiveness on health and how society and the world would benefit from learning... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ginabeana
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveness is a universal process required for living in the 21st...
This film and its many vignettes assist viewers in making the forgiveness process very real....and achievable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phyllis Brazee
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Watxh
Made all of us think twice about our attitudes and personalities, and has had a resonating effect on how we act towards others
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Smo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellie Weisel
I love this man and I loved this film. It is a broad study of the power of forgiveness in situations that are vast and encompass so much more than that with which we deal as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Diana Loring
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life!
I have watched this documentary multiple times, and with each viewing I take away something different. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DixieWicks
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