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THE FORGIVEN to be Screened at First-Friday Free Film at the Peace Center of Delaware County
June 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
THE FORGIVEN is the most recent film from director Roland Joffé, whose films include The Killing Fields, The Mission, and Fat Man & Little Boy. THE FORGIVEN tells the story of a revered religious man of peace coming face to face with a man whose all-consuming hatred, racism, and violence causes our man of peace to question some of his most fundamental beliefs.
Our story involves Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and internationally revered Anglican Archbishop of South Africa. It focuses on his meetings with composite fictional character Piet Blomfeld, an ex-security police officer and death squard member convicted of multiple acts of torture, rape, and murder.
With the end of apartheid and its policy of white supremacy and minority rule in South Africa, Tutu is appointed to run the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with its mission of “restorative justice.”
Tutu visits Cape Town’s Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison to meet with Blomfeld and assess his candidacy for amnesty. What the Archbishop hears from Blomfeld causes him to ask of himself: are there some crimes that a “forgiving man of peace” cannot forgive?
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker as Tutu and Eric Bana as Blomfeld deliver riveting performances in this tense mystery, with back stories based on real events and an important message and question for today.
THE FORGIVEN, 2018. Rated R (for disturbing/violent content, and language, with sexual references). 115 min. Thriller. Directed by Roland Joffé. Written by Roland Joffé and Michael Ashton.