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Restorative Justice Project (03:16)


Since Homer's time, humans have tried to control wrath and violence. A Wisconsin prison offers victims to meet violent criminals— but not with perpetrators from their own cases.

Talking Circle (04:20)

A retired judge initiates communication between criminals and families of victims. They find common ground through topics of family and life experience. Lisa shares how she learned not to judge people.

Parent's Grief (04:13)

In New York City, Lisa and Leola visit Darryl's grave. He was killed at age 16 outside their Bronx apartment. Norway has the most lenient sentencing policy worldwide. Erik's 16 year old daughter Ingrid was shot by her boyfriend; he visits her grave.

A Murderer's Perspective (03:40)

Erik shares a photo album of Ingrid and reflects on losing his daughter. Her boyfriend Stian talks about her final moments from his prison cell.

Darryl's Story (03:45)

A typical Bronx teenager, Darryl frequently got into fights. Leola recalls their last day together, after which he was murdered for throwing an egg at another teen. She cannot consider forgiving his killer because he maintains his innocence.

Patrick's Search for Answers (03:44)

Patrick's father Gerold von Braunmühl was assassinated by the RAF, a German terrorist group. He had become the foreign affairs minister to prevent further wars after World War II. Thirty years later, Patrick is haunted by the question of who killed him, and why.

Norwegian Prison System (02:42)

Stian confessed to shooting Ingrid and was sentenced to 9 years as a minor. He was transferred to Osteroy Prison Island on a Bergen fjord. He says it is still a prison, despite comforts and beautiful surroundings. After 4 years, he can visit his family on weekends and leave the island occasionally.

Incarceration and Society (01:55)

Eric says Norwegian prisons are for victims' families to feel secure; rehabilitation programs depend on time, rather than location. Stian can apply for probation early. Erik is afraid of his unpredictable behavior.

Dialogue with an Offender (03:19)

Lisa and Leola meet with a man who has murdered; he has no connection to Darryl's case. Lisa says her brother's death made her grow up overnight. Leola shares her grief.

Accidental Murder (04:42)

A man tells Lisa and Leola about killing another man by mistake during a robbery. He has served 15 years of a 65 year sentence; his daughter visits him in prison. Leola appreciates his remorse and Lisa tells him the questions she would ask Darryl's killer.

Unanswered Questions (04:21)

After his father's death, Patrick's family attempted to communicate with RAF killers through a daily newspaper. Seven years later, RAF member Birgit Hogefeld was arrested. He met with her; she disclosed that victims were chosen as representatives of the imperial state, rather than for personal beliefs.

Victim Paranoia (03:05)

Before probation, Stian wrote Erik's family a letter from prison explaining his crime and saying he was not a threat. They felt the Norwegian state was failing to protect them and moved away. Erik and his daughter Siren-Therese discuss looking over their shoulders.

Avoiding a Victim's Family (04:41)

Stian does not go out in public to give Erik's family space, and sends his brother on errands. After shooting Ingrid, he was suicidal until being reunited with his family. He says self-reflection is the real punishment— not prison. Siren-Therese attends high school far away from her home town and has trouble meeting boys.

Confessions of a German Terrorist (04:29)

Birgit Hogefeld does not want to meet Patrick. Founding RAF member Manfred Grashof recalls becoming militant after the 1968 student protests. Members were sentenced to life in prison for political assassinations. Manfred describes killing a police officer at a shootout in Hamburg, during which he was also wounded.

Stian's Remorse (04:11)

View footage of Ingrid in school before her death. After killing her, Stian felt like he was living in a nightmare. He describes the fight and jealousy that led him to violence. He had only intended to scare her.

Correspondence from a Perpetrator (02:32)

Prisoners are forbidden to contact victims' families in the U.S. Sean Green denied being the gunman in Darryl's death. Filmmaker Hubertus Siegert shows Lisa and Leola a letter Sean wrote agreeing to be interviewed for the film.

Desire to Apologize (04:03)

After a 19 year sentence, Manfred had planned to contact the family of the police officer he killed privately but they went to the German tabloids. He had hoped a meeting would bring closure for both parties and put an end to the victim-perpetrator dynamic.

Apologies are Insufficient (03:48)

Stian's letter to Erik's family caused them to reject him completely. Erik had requested a meeting in prison, but the Norwegian justice system did not attempt to mediate. Stian believes the word "sorry" is trivial compared to his action, and would offend Erik. Erik sees Stian's recorded interview and receives his message indirectly.

Wrongly Convicted? (04:13)

Lisa and Leola's request to meet Sean was denied by authorities because he continues to assert his innocence. Having exhausted legal options, he wants to defend his position on film. He says he was not at the scene of Darryl's murder, and shows a surveillance tape of an earlier encounter.

Armed Robbery Victim (03:33)

At a restorative justice circle, Tanya asks offenders why anyone would inflict violence on a stranger. A man realizes that shooting a police officer impacted the whole city, and acknowledges the damage he did.

Finding Closure (03:54)

Erik had considered sending Stian a message, but does not want to risk being disappointed by meeting him. His decision helps his healing process. He does allow Stian to see his interview, however.

Finding Answers (German without English Subtitles) (07:40)

Patrick and Manfred meet in a restaurant and share their experiences. They feel that other RAF victims and perpetrators would benefit from meeting.

Victim vs. Survivor (04:17)

Lisa and Leola watch Sean's interview, in which he defends his innocence. They still believe he killed Darryl. Leola expresses anger towards him and Lisa reflects on the inner conflict that prevents her from forgiving him.

Healing vs. Shame (03:40)

Erik is considering selling his house and working abroad. He believes loss and grief will never go away. Stian worries that others will see him as a murderer, and feels scared to meet Erik by chance.

Moving On (03:09)

Lisa works for New York City's legal department and plans to study law. She wants to channel her grief into preventing other young people from being murdered. A restorative justice facilitator shares how a perpetrator did not expect to be forgiven, but encouraged the victim's family to find their own peace.

Credits: Beyond Punishment (03:01)

Credits: Beyond Punishment

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"Freedom is what you do with what has been done to you." Three different countries. Three men who have killed and three families who have lost a loved one. The common idea of guilt and punishment is that the killers are punished, which helps the families to move on. But the people involved in these life-changing acts of violence have still not found peace. Years after judgements are made and sentences served, both sides are still searching… Beyond Punishment challenges our ideas of guilt and punishment by examining the need for forgiveness and the inner conflict this wish brings about. What does it mean to forgive? Would that be a betrayal of the victim of the crime? Is there an alternate concept of forgiveness?

Length: 101 minutes

Item#: BVL114795

Copyright date: ©2014

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