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"Beyond Forgiving" Film Screening

Beyond Forgiving Wednesday 28 May 2014

On 23rd May 2014, The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies were proud to host the film screening of the documentary "Beyond Forgiving", directed by Howard Grace. The screening was followed by an opportunity to hear the protagonists Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele speak about the film, chaired by Dr Stefanie Kappler.

The 'Beyond Forgiving' Film is based on an event that took place on the evening of 30 December 1993. 23-year old student Lyndi Fourie was one of four people killed in the Heidelberg Tavern massacre. Mphahlele was at the time the Director of Operations of Azanian People’s Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) who ordered the reprisal attack in response to the killing of black school children. The documentary highlights the role of forgiving despite such challenging social and political circumstances, and the personal journey that both Ginn and Letlapa had gone through.

The film is being shown throughout the UK in Belfast, Bradford, Durham, Liverpool, London and Oxford, as a part of an appeal to keep spreading Nelson Mandela's message about the redemptive power of forgiveness. It’s being organised by Initiatives of Change, The Forgiveness Project and the Wilderness Foundation together with other educational and non-governmental organisations working in the field of conflict resolution.

The film left many people thinking about the struggles of apartheid and the legacies on contemporary South Africa. It also led the audience to think about areas in their own lives where forgiveness was needed in order to help them move on. An engaging discussion between the speakers and the audience highlighted the relevance of such a challenge, not only for South Africa, but also Liverpool and the wider world.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies would like to extend our thanks to the Initiatives of Change, the Forgiveness Project and the Wilderness Foundation for their work involved with this tour. We would also like to personally thank Ginn and Letlapa for their time with us, and engaging with the audience in such a moving way.