The Beyond Forgiving Initiative

The Beyond Forgiving Initiative aims to further the message of the Beyond Forgiving documentary and utilise it as a tool to complement existing reconciliation and peace building projects and studies.

By showcasing Ginn and Letlapa as a modern-day parable, we hope this powerful story of how two individuals thrown together through tragic circumstances have managed to build bridges across their cultural divides in post-Apartheid South Africa, will encourage others to be positive agents for change within their own communities.

We screen the film and facilitate discussions/ run workshops with partners in:

1. Education: University Peace Study Departments, colleges and schools
2. Prisons and organisations working in restorative justice
3. Faith institutions: churches, Mosques, religious and interfaith networks.
4. Local organisations: working in the field of conflict resolution and community relationship building

Organise a Beyond Forgiving Screening

The film has a great deal of potential as a focus for workshop discussion in all sorts of situations. From an educational perspective, we hope that the film can inspire, in particular the younger generation to have broader mind-set and perspective; to accept differences among religions and belief systems in action towards peace.

Would you like us to come to your school/ church/ organisation to screen Beyond Forgiving and deliver a workshop/ facilitate a discussion (we do not charge for visits)? Please get in touch with Talia to discuss a collaboration.

We work to:

  • Inspire: Initiatives of Change believes that change comes from within and that individuals should take personal responsibility to help transform society. Through using the film, we hope to inspire people to play their part in building a better world.
  • Equip: to provide Beyond Forgiving as a tool and resource to partners existing work, create conversations with organisation and community leaders in using the film to encourage dialogue for peace and reconciliation.
  • Broadcast the message of the power of forgiveness in breaking the cycle of vengeance.

The power of forgiveness - can you forgive?

IofC has the belief that education and raising awareness on themes of conflict resolution, forgiveness and peace building is important. Our hope is that the work we do through educational outreach is meaningful and significant to individuals, within communities and is a question we can reflect and consider across the world.

 

General questions on forgiveness

Do you want to be part of a discussion on forgiveness? You can let us know your story on forgiveness or join us at one of our many screenings held around the UK.

The film explores the power of forgiveness. Is this a Christian attitude - about compassion, generosity of spirit, a meeting of minds that may be almost incomprehensible to so many?
 
Do you believe it is possible to forgive in all situations?
Beyond Forgiving portrays a story that has brought perpetrator and victim face to face. It raises fundamental moral questions about forgiveness with an underlying debate on whether forgiveness is possible in any circumstance. When is forgiveness not possible or not appropriate?
Is forgiveness a solution to revenge?
Ginn's Christian values serves her well in dealing with her personal tragedy or any feelings of retribution towards Letlapa - the man responsible for the death of her daughter. Feelings of revenge would be the most natural response. Can you think of a situation when you have been challenged to forgive but feel revenge?

Is the act of forgiveness necessary for healing?
In the film Ginn says: 'I made a conscious decision and a principled decision to give up my justifiable right to revenge.' Ginn's acknowledgement of Letlapa's own 'integrity' and the cathartic power of story telling is central to healing. Do you think that Ginn was right to make that decision and it was necessary for healing?

Is forgiveness a state of 'spiritual grace' or necessary for emotional release?
The film features a profound transformation in two people on different sides of an entrenched conflict. Do you believe forgiveness can transform anger to enable peace of mind and moving forward with one's life?

Can forgiveness be achieved on a national or global level?
The film shows the path Ginn and Letlapa undertook to help their country which suffers from one of the world's highest crime rate in this post-Apartheid phase. Both Ginn and Letlapa share a belief that conciliation is the country's hope and way forward in a post-apartheid country. Do you believe that forgiveness can be achieved within communities, countries or at a global level?