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Forgiveness in the Arts

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"Documentary finds friendship in death" - after a tragic murder, two men come together to overcome the cycle of violence through the power of forgiveness and partnership for peace:


Breaking the cycle of abuse: A book that tells the tragic story of a couple of generations of father-son abuse - and how an abused son is able to forgive with empathetic understanding, thus stopping the cycle:





Read this beautiful blog entry about the documentary "The Power of Forgiveness":


The best-selling book __The Shack __has Jesus teaching a man forgiveness:


I AM and Prison Fellowship Invites You to a Free, Private Screening of the Award-Winning film TAKE

From: "Barker, Alex"

Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:07:42 -0400

Subject: I AM and Prison Fellowship Invites You to a Free, Private

Screening of the Award-Winning film TAKE



Dear Friends,


We would like to invite you to a free, advanced screening of our newest

film, TAKE, starring Minnie Driver. It is a powerful movie that explores

restoration and forgiveness between the victim and offender following a

violent crime. Please join us for as we explore the potential impact of

this film in our broader cultural context. In addition, the writer and

director, Charles Oliver, will be joining us for a Q and A session

following the screening. Please remember to RSVP as we are expecting a

full house.




Mark Rodgers, The Clapham Group


Pat Nolan, Justice Fellowship


Dan Van Ness, Prison Fellowship International


Ryan Myers, Prison Fellowship, NYC


Makoto Fujimura, International Arts Movement, NYC



International Arts Movement and Prison Fellowship


In partnership with Telos Films and Liberation Entertainment


Cordially invites you to attend a free, private screening of the


Award Winning Film:




Friday, July 11th at 7:00pm


International Arts Movement's


SPACE 38|39


38 W. 39th Street, 3rd Floor


New York, NY 10018


(between 5th & 6th Avenues)


Q and A with the Writer/Director Charles Oliver to follow the screening.

RSVP to: alex@takethemovie.com

Or (703)-962-7930



My Israel (BBC4, Wed) sounded like a straightforward patriotic account, but it was nothing of the sort. It showed Yulie Cohen, an Israeli filmmaker who started to understand Palestinian anger.


She wanted to secure the release of the Arab terrorist imprisoned for trying to blow her up 20 years ago. She also wanted to forgive her brother, who became a hard-line Orthodox Jew and refuses to see her. It was powerful to watch this good woman trying out forgiveness in such an unforgiving land. It was even more powerful that this got her nowhere.


She failed to get her terrorist released and their meeting was not entirely satisfactory. She apologised to her brother, but he still did not want to know her. Essentially her conclusions were sad, but Buddhist: you may not be able to change things, but you can retain calmness and a loving heart. Forgive for your own sake.




For Immediate Release

May 2, 2008

Contact: Dan Juday





Wins Silver Screen Award




The POWER of FORGIVENESS has been awarded the Silver Screen Award by the US International Film and Video Festival in the category of Religion, Ethics and Humanities. Founded in 1967, the Festival is one of the world’s leading international events, devoted exclusively to recognition of outstanding film and video productions. This year there were more than 1,100 entries. Award ceremonies will be held on June 6 & 7 in West Hollywood, California.


The POWER of FORGIVENESS is currently being broadcast on public television throughout the United States and is available in home video format (DVD). As part of the outreach effort that launched the film, special screenings of the film were held in more than 40 cities nationally, including The Washington National Cathedral, the United Nations in New York and at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The film also won Best Picture Award at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2007.


Of the award, filmmaker Martin Doblmeier said, “It’s very gratifying that a film that has found such a devoted audience around the country is also judge so positively by the industry. As we traveled around the world and interviewed people with so many different stories, we earned a heightened appreciation for both the need for and the benefits of forgiveness.”

The film examines the role forgiveness can play in alleviating anger and grief, as well as the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come with forgiveness. It combines character-driven stories about the most dramatic transgressions imaginable with other stories that feel more familiar, more understandable to the viewer. Story locations include Beirut, Northern Ireland, Amish country and Ground Zero. The POWER of FORGIVENESS includes stories and interviews with people from many faith traditions: Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel on forgiveness in the Jewish faith; Azim Khamisa on forgiveness and Islam; Rev. James Forbes, pastor emeritus of Riverside Church in New York, on forgiveness from a Christian perspective. And best-selling author Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) speaks on forgiveness from a spiritual dimension.

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Article about the beautiful, thoughtful documentary "The Power of Forgiveness" which can now be purchased from Amazon.com, rented from video stores, and viewed on some local PBS stations!



" 'Without Forgiveness,' a new piece inspired by Desmond Tutu's speech in Kalamazoo last year, was the strongest in this area, with the duo struggling with the desire for retribution and the need for forgiveness": http://blog.mlive.com/kzgazette/2008/01/kinetic_affect_poets_are_preac.html



'Cats' - "about redemption and forgiveness":



For a more reflective New Year’s, consider “Atonement,” a movie that combines ravishing romance, the bite of bitterness and the search for forgiveness. Based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel, the film adaptation is in many critics’ top 10 list. It is now playing at the Regal Bell Tower 20 in south Fort Myers and in Hollywood Cinema in Naples.



"Atonement" -- An epic World War II romance brimming with betrayal and forgiveness, wrapped up with the year's most impressive tracking shot (in the Dunkirk sequence), Dario Marianelli's brilliantly inventive score and a stunner ending that changes everything.



Johanna Lunn’s documentary, “Forgiveness: Stories For Our Time” screened at festival:



NYC exhibit "The Art of Forgiveness: Images of the Prodigal Son": http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/MarvinOlasky/2007/10/11/new_york,_america,_the_west_prodigal_sons


India.arie's most recent album, 'Testimony: Vol. 1,' pitched as an album of forgiveness:



Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's comedy "The Lonesome West," in previews at Lantern Theater Company, is about warring brothers who live to torment each other and the local priest who tries to save them. "To these brothers, violence is easier than forgiveness," said director David O'Connor. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/20070915_Enjoy_upcoming_events.html


"Love, Trust, and Forgiveness--onstage":



A "Temple of Forgiveness" art installation:



"THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS," a new documentary film by Journey Films, includes interviews with Co-chairs of The Garden of Forgiveness, Rev. Lyndon Harris and Dr. Fred Luskin. To read about this film, visit: www.journeyfilms.com and read the following article:


"Filmmaker's documentary explores virtues of forgiveness":



"Forgiveness is powerful but complex", an article about the Garden of Forgiveness at Ground Zero, as featured in Journey Films' documentary "The Power of Forgiveness":



"A Drive to Help Others Forgive," an article from The Christian Science Monitor that references the Journey Films documentary, "The Power of Forgiveness," in which the Garden of Forgiveness concept is exlored: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0125/p13s02-lihc.html


The Forgiveness Project does a beautiful job of powerfully communicating the importance of forgiveness through photographs and stories:



Forgiveness in works of art intended to inspire healing:



Film - "Forgiveness" (2004):


Having looked the beast of the past in the eyes, having asked and received forgiveness...let us shut the door on the past - not to forget it - but to allow it not to imprison us."

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission


A haggard, visibly distracted, and apprehensive middle-aged man and former police officer named Tertius Coetzee, carrying only a suitcase and an ample assortment of prescription medication that have been haphazardly accumulated in the passenger seat of his cluttered automobile, drives mechanically through the dusty, isolated roads that lead to the rural South African fishing village of Paternoster (literally, Our Father) and checks into a hotel on the outskirts of town. With the reluctant assistance of the local parish priest, Coetzee has asked to meet the equally apprehensive Grootboom family whose eldest (and perhaps, favorite) son, a university student and apartheid-era activist named Daniel had been tortured and killed ten years earlier by Coetzee and his colleagues during interrogation, concealing his execution by staging his death as a random carjacking. The elder Grootbooms politely accept the stranger's presence in their home and offer of condolences, reluctant to ask questions on the unimaginable horror surrounding the circumstances of Daniel's death and, in their awkward, suffering silence, perhaps tacitly encouraging Coetzee to promptly leave, unable to bear the sight of their son's killer and the memory of their unreconciled tragedy. But the Grootboom's children seem less tolerant of the seemingly troubled and penitent Coetzee's presence in their humble community - their youngest son Ernst physically attacks him without provocation and their daughter Sannie ventures out to place a covert call to Daniel's best friend, alerting him of Coetzee's arrival at Paternoster and planting the idea that he assemble his band of former radicals to ambush Coetzee in retaliation for her brother's death. Receiving instruction to keep Coetzee in town until Daniel's friends arrive the next day, Sannie decides to invite Coetzee into their home against the strong objection of her still grieving parents, ostensibly under the pretense of hearing the explicit details of her brother's suppressed history of militant resistance (an involvement that included perpetrating acts of sabotage) that inevitably lead to his death. However, when Coetzee's assassins fail to show up at the appointed hour, the Grootboom children soon find themselves orchestrating additional meetings between Coetzee and their parents under the ruse of working towards reconciliation and finding common ground in order to keep him from leaving town and escaping retribution. Set in the aftermath of the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, Ian Gabriel's film is an articulate, provocative, and haunting examination of the complex and integrally soul-searching nature of forgiveness: both from the perspective from those who seek it, and from those of whom it is asked. Featuring a strong lead cast, a poignant and compelling script, and emotionally engaging, multi-dimensional characters, Forgiveness is a compassionate, elegantly humanist, and intrinsically spiritual portrait of guilt, atonement, reconciliation, and personal closure. (Text taken from Film Fest Journal, http://www.filmref.com/journal/archives/2005/04/forgiveness_2004.html)


Film - Ostrov (2006): Dealing with issues of repentance, forgiveness, and self-forgiveness, this Russian film has won several awards.


Film - Black Snake Moan (2007): Writer-director suggests the film is about "about healing, redemption and forgiveness."



Theater - " 'Frozen': A serial killer strikes, and now a mother must wrestle with forgiveness":


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