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The Forgiveness Project Talk 1/10: Can forgiveness repair communities?

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On 17th March 2014 in London the first in The Forgiveness Project's series of thought-provoking 'Conversations on Forgiveness' took place at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace with a screening of the award-winning documentary, 'Beyond Forgiving'. http://www.uk.iofc.org/beyond-forgiving-uk-tour This powerful film depicts how two South Africans -- a mother whose daughter was killed and the former liberation army commander who gave the orders for her murder -- were brought together post-Apartheid in an unlikely relationship. Speaking at the event were the film's director, Imad Karam, producer Howard Grace, and Sue Hanisch who is a survivor of an IRA terrorist attack. The screening provided a perfect springboard to inspire an emotive debate amongst the 50-strong audience who went on to discuss 'Beyond Forgiving' as a modern-day parable and as a tool for repairing broken communities. Audience member Jean Paul Samputu from Rwanda spoke about the healing power of forgiveness after members of his family were murdered in the 1994 genocide. "Hearing other stories of pain breaks the cycle and this is what we see happen in the film", explained Marina Cantacuzino, The Forgiveness Project's founder and director. Marina's passionate belief in the power of the personal story and the importance of empathy led to The Forgiveness Project's creation in 2004. http://theforgivenessproject.com