Date(s) - 03/11/2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This inspirational documentary to be shown in Coventry University on 3 November during Coventry Peace Festival depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to South Africa.
The film will be followed by a discussion with Howard Grace, the executive producer of the film and Talia Smith who works full time for Initiatives of Change (the group which produced the film) and who has recently returned from working on peacebuilding and reconciliation projects in Africa.
Awards for the film
Beyond Forgiving won the Golden Award for Inspiration at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality (IFFPIE) in 2013.
The film also won an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition, 2013 and was selected by the Global Peace Film Festival (2013) and the Peace on Earth Film Festival (2014).
Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman. One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims — and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy and hope.
In 1993, during the Apartheid decades, Letlapa, then director of operations for the military wing of the Pan-Africanist Congress ordered reprisal massacres in response to the killing of black school children. Ginn lost her only daughter in one of these. She later forgave Letlapa. In the film, he says this touched something deep inside and restored his humanity.
The film tells of the journey they undertook to help their country, which suffers from the world’s highest crime level in this post-Apartheid phase. Through their work, they try to bring a new spirit of community and forgiveness, in their country and beyond.
This film will launch the Cine UNACov series. We are are proud to be working in partnership with the University of Coventry’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as well as the UN Regional Information Centre in Brussels on this exciting new film and discussion series.
The exact venue for the film will be announced later.