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Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $600


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 168 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2011
Available in French: No

2-DVD set explores the human capacity to forgive through a compelling range of stories, from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide.

This layered film by acclaimed filmmaker Helen Whitney addresses the act of forgiveness, which is a theological principle central to all major religions, but is more and more frequently leaving the church, synagogue and mosque and hitting the fractious streets. Inevitably its new role in the world raises serious and complex questions: why is forgiveness in the air today; what is its power, and what are its limitations and in some instances its dangers; has it been cheapened or deepened...or both? Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate seeks to shed insight into the light and darkness - the presence and absence - of forgiveness.

The film covers a wide range of stories from personal betrayal to genocide. Among them: the spontaneous demonstration of forgiveness following the 2006 shooting of Amish children in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; a savage and senseless attack on two young female campers; the struggle of a '60s radical to cope with the consequences of a violent act of protest that turned deadly; the shattering of a family after the mother abandons her husband and children; the penitential journey of modern Germany, coming to terms with the Holocaust; and stories of survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

This two DVD set contains two 84-minute films, plus 95 minutes of extras. You can either play the films straight through or you can access individually the 6 case studies featured in the films, plus two extra case studies not in the finished programs.

"A profoundly stirring work...The word 'powerful' does not begin to give adequate praise to this work. This is a grand enterprise treating the ethics of a series of fundamental human emotions and consequent behaviors. It skillfully balances the grim with the sanguine. With such a delicate topic, the filmmakers never once appear preachy or sensationalist. This brilliant work is strongly recommended to all who wish to stimulate discussion or even privately reflect on the place of forgiveness in the world."
- Michael Coffta, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Educational Media Reviews Online

DVD Features
2-DVD set, each with an 84-minute program plus a combined 95 minutes of extras. Each of the six case studies in the film plus 2 extra case studies can be accessed individually. They are:
The Amish School Shooting, Nickel Mines, PA [15:32]
Savage Attack on Two Female Campers, Cline Falls, OR [23:19]
Kathy Power, 60s Radical, Wanted for Murder [31:12]
Mother Walks Out on Husband and Children [17:43]
Germany Examines Its Past [29:34]
Rwanda - Confronting Genocide [22:12]
The Lost Years - Unjustly Fired [12:19]
The Therapy Hour - Dealing with AIDS [13:00]

There are other excellent teaching resources in the bonus features including mini-case studies on the Armenian genocide, Japanese internment, Liberia and Native Americans. There are also additional interviews with, amongst others, Thane Rosenbaum, Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, Albie Sachs, Paul van Zyl and Jeff Jacoby. Also contains SDH captions for the hard-of-hearing and scene selection.