Beyond Forgiving UK Tour - Highlights

Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele arrived in the UK for the eagerly anticipated Beyond Forgiving Speaking Tour (18-30 May) that aimed to inspire and left many lingering on the key question of could you forgive? 

Initiatives of Change in partnership with The Forgiveness Project and The Wilderness Foundation hosted Ginn and Letlapa, the two South African protagonists of the award-winning documentary Beyond Forgiving. Touring the country they shared a platform with six public screenings visiting universities, schools and community outreach programmes in Belfast, Bradford, Durham, Liverpool, London and Oxford. 















Friday, 11 August, 2017

Building a common humanity needs the bricks and mortar of integration. If we are committed to walk the talk towards a common humanity, we should personally take the initiative to reach out to the people who are different from us. People who, loosely speaking, come from other groups. We should listen with empathy why people hold sacred things we view as ordinary, and treat as ordinary things we glorify.

Tuesday, 29 March, 2016
Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele

In 2015, Howard Grace and Talia Smith delivered over 40 events around the country using Initiatives of Change's award winning documentary film Beyond Forgiving. Over 1,600 people watched the film, including over 1,000 children. Partners and hosts for the events included Feltham Youth Offenders Institute, London Interfaith Centre, Newbury Women's Group, UK Progressive Christianity Network, Hounslow Somali Community, Women’s Interfaith Network, Restorative Justice Hub, Winchester University, the London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre.

Thursday, 17 December, 2015
T shirts at Interfaith Week in London

On 19 November over 40 people gathered in St George’s Square in Central London to celebrate Interfaith week (15 – 21 November 2015). The focus of the event was on sharing knowledge of different religious traditions. There was an opportunity for a leader from each faith to share an exposition of forgiveness and patience. Speakers included Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, Dr Alhagi Drammeh and Reverend Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy. Howard Grace introduced Initiatives of Change’s award winning film 'Beyond Forgiving'.

Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Alan Channer and Dr Aliyu Musa

On Wednesday 4 November, Dr Alan Channer gave a Greencoat Forum sharing his experiences as a film-maker and peace-builder. Alan has produced a number of films, including An African Answer and The Imam and the Pastor, that have been used to help reconcile conflicts and foster healing in Kenya, Nigeria and Cambodia, among others. Alan shared his model of peace-building, by amplifying the work of local peacemakers and grassroots organisations.

Monday, 05 October, 2015
Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele

On 23 September, in celebration of the UN’s International Day of Peace, Initiatives of Change UK hosted an evening screening the Beyond Forgiving documentary and a panel discussion with two local peace-builders.

Friday, 14 August, 2015
Beyond Forgiving

The Beyond Forgiving Initiative aims to further the message of the Beyond Forgiving documentary and utilise the film as a tool to complement existing reconciliation and peace building projects. On Tuesday 28 July, Talia Smith visited the London Interfaith Centre to lead a discussion around the film with the Centre’s book group.

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014
Screening of Beyond Forgiving at School of Oriental and African Studies

On 10 November, the Beyond Forgiving film was screened at SOAS University (School of Oriental and African Studies), a leading institution in London for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014
Farnham University

‘Amazing film but I just don’t get it. Why would a government kill school children?’ stated a visibly moved and slightly angered student at a workshop on Making films that make a difference that Talia Smith and Howard Grace ran at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham, Surrey on 5 November. She found it challenging to believe, let alone understand the depth and severity of the Apartheid.

Friday, 10 October, 2014
Talia Smith

Talia Smith recently returned to South Africa, her country of birth, with Initiatives of Change to attend the ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility’ conference and to support IofC South Africa to engage with youth. Talia describes her rich experience, perceptions and hopes for the country and gives a small insight into her South African adventure.

Thursday, 24 July, 2014
Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele

'The long walk to forgiveness' is the striking headline over a four-page article in The Independent's magazine section on 19 July, telling the story of the profound reconciliation between Letlapa Mphahlele and Ginn Fourie.