Segments in this Video

Historical Context of Violence (03:06)


Facts, video, and interviews orient viewers to the topics of human suffering and forgiveness. (Credits)

Prison Release (02:09)

Denis Bradley discusses the power of a spoken story. Jo Berry, daughter of the late Anthony Berry, is enraged when the Brighton Bomber is released from prison.

More than a Victim (03:44)

In her search for alternatives to blaming, Berry makes contact with Magee. During their meeting, Magee explains why he joined the IRA and subsequently bombed the Grand Hotel.

Living with Contradiction (02:42)

Ten years after their first meeting, Berry and Magee speak at the University of Wales. Berry responds to an audience member who claims that she is an apologist.

Measure of the Human Loss (03:30)

The more Magee learns about Berry's father, the more he is able to measure the human loss he is responsible for. He remains a conflicted person.

Palestine Loses a Child (03:00)

Salwa Aramin is in constant fear for her children's lives. Bassam Aramin discusses the death of their daughter during an Israel-Palestine conflict.

Israel Loses a Child (01:53)

Rami Elhanan describes the frantic search for his daughter after a bombing. She died at the age of 14.

Finding Common Ground (04:43)

Elhanan describes the psychological process of losing his daughter. Salwa Aramin accepted that her child was not the first and will not be the last to die in war. Elhanan, an Israeli, joined bereaving Palestinian parents in a support group.

Repairing Damage (03:09)

Marina Cantacuzino suggests that forgiveness is achievable through sharing experiences, sharing stories, and developing empathy and understanding. An annual ceremony commemorates Rwanda's genocide.

Begging for Forgiveness (02:21)

A ceremony is held to honor the thousands of Hutus who died trying to escape into the marsh. Emmanuel Bampoiki describes meeting Beata Ukangarambe, the mother of five children he killed during the genocide.

A Mending Heart (03:10)

Bampoiki visits Ukangarambe several times and demands forgiveness. Ukangarambe gives the starving Bampoiki food, but cannot yet forgive.

Gacaca Courts (02:12)

John Alderdice distinguishes between physical and psychological damage. In a country of 8 million, 1 million participated in the Rwanda genocide.

Speedy Justice System (01:51)

Gacaca, meaning green area, was a community assembly to hold courts in traditional Rwanda society. These trials remain controversial.

Community Healing (01:58)

John Rucyahana believes the Gacaca Courts allowed the community to take control of justice. He asserts that social change cannot wait on the community to recover from grief.

Rebuilding Relationships (02:53)

A primary goal of these courts is restorative justice. Jean Pierre Sagahun cannot understand how the man who killed his family is released from prison.

Loss of Sight (02:30)

Alderdice explains the barriers to forgiveness. Richard Moore was blinded in his youth during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Foregiveness -Changing the Future (04:38)

Upon discovering the soldier's name, Moore writes a letter and it is hand delivered. Enya Moore reads aloud a portion of the letter.

Annihilating Human Beings (02:15)

Albert Mason examines the process of dehumanization. For forgiveness to occur, the victim must see the perpetrator as a human being.

Village Massacre (02:02)

Jean-Baptiste Ntakirutimana reflects on the discovery that his entire family was killed in the genocide, all eleven brothers and their 65 children.

Anger and Hatred (01:29)

Ntakirutimana buried the body of his mother and younger brother before returning to Nairobi. His anger against Rwanda's leadership and the church grew.

Liberation of Truth (05:00)

Several years later, Ntakirutimana visits a prison to meet with his brother's killer. He learns every detail of how his family was killed.

Individual Reconciliation (02:40)

James Smith discusses the ability of victims to coexist with perpetrators. This allows society to function and is key to Rwanda's future. Dobi Damelin describes the death of her son, David.

Called to Serve (01:59)

Damelin reflects on the philosophical battle her son faced as a peace activist called to serve in the reserves. She refuses to attend the killer's trial.

Sharing Pain (02:08)

Damelin shares a project from the parents circle involving the exploration of personal narratives. Jews and Muslims were able to empathize with each other.

Journey to Reconciliation (03:59)

Members of The Forgiveness Project Panel speak to an audience. Damelin reads a letter she wrote to the killer of her son.

Practice of Peacemaking (04:27)

Alderice asserts that force and violence will never bring a resolution to a problem. On July 25, 2009, Israelis and Palestinians meet for peace negotiations.

Finding Forgiveness (01:46)

Bradley explains that reconciliation is possible when two people in conflict see each other as human beings. Ukangarambe describes the gradual process of forgiving the man who killed her five children.

Credits: Beyond Right and Wrong (03:01)

Credits: Beyond Right and Wrong

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Beyond Right and Wrong

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This award-winning transformative documentary explores what happens as victims of three devastating conflicts attempt to rebuild their lives, balancing their need for justice with the desire to forgive. The narrative follows the stories of three individuals from very different cultural backdrops; Ireland, Israel and Rwanda as they recount powerful stories that explore exceptional depths of human suffering and the pathways each of these individuals have taken towards healing and forgiveness. A survivor of the Rwanda Genocide struggles to forgive the man who killed her children. A victim’s daughter strikes up an unusual friendship with the ex-IRA bomber who killed her father. And the two men –one Israeli, one Palestinian – form a bond after tragedies claim their daughter’s lives.

Length: 81 minutes

Item#: BVL112686

ISBN: 978-1-68272-676-1

Copyright date: ©2012

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