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Documentary, 28 min. (2006)



A psychological and philosophical approach to forgiveness is told through four powerful stories from a prisoner, a recovering alcoholic, a grieving mother and a renowned world leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

We are all faced with the question of whether or not to forgive many times in our lives. This documentary examines a psychological and philosophical approach to the dilemma. We can choose to forgive not because we ought to, but because it helps us heal. The documentary is designed to foster discussion in the hope of encouraging more options for conflict resolution.

This possibility for profound healing is told through four stories that portray different aspects of forgiveness after suffering a loss—loss of innocence, trust, life or liberty. They tell us how they moved on with their lives instead of staying locked in anger. As Tutu says, "I forgive you, whether you want to be forgiven or not. You are not going to forever make me a victim."

This thought provoking program is for anyone who has been hurt, but has not yet healed.
Credits
Mara Alper: Director - Producer - Editor

Eli Clarke: Director of Photography

Elliot Z. Levine: Music

Robert Enright, Ph.D.: Psychologist - Consultant

Robert Chapman: Psychologist - Consultant

Exhibitions
Association of Independent
Video and Filmmakers
(2001)
Selected for "Pitch to PBS" presentation
(as work in progress) NYC

"Gateway to Knowledge:
Steps to Effective Treatment"
(2003)
Invited for screening/discussion at national conference for the Association for the
Treatment of Sexual Abusers St. Louis, MO

Center for Inquiry (2004)
Screening and discussion in course on
forgiveness and reconciliation Amherst, NY

Funding
James B. Pendleton Grants,
Roy H. Park School of Communications,
Ithaca College

Center for Faculty Development and Research, Ithaca College

Summer Research Grant, Ithaca College

Creative Projects Grant, Provost's Office,
Ithaca College

Experimental Television Center
in conjunction with the
New York State Council on the Arts