On 28th January at the Soho Hotel, London, The Forgiveness Project co-hosted a private screening of the documentary feature Beyond Right and Wrong for 100 especially invited guests. The film is directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh and it tells the story of people who have experienced pain and atrocity and yet dedicated their lives to building bridges of peace.
We are delighted to be a partner of Beyond Right and Wrong and are keen now to get the film widely viewed and discussed. Not only are many of the people featured in the film also connected with The Forgiveness Project but it adopts a similar tenor to The Forgiveness Project, focusing on exploration, inquiry and simple narrative, rather than promoting concepts of forgiveness as morally unassailable, a solution to all ills or an imperative within psychology. It is a film essentially about forgiveness which tells the stories of people from around the world who have had the ability to look beyond their pain.
Following the screening there was a panel discussion with some of those featured in the film including three people whose stories are followed in the film - Jo Berry, Pat Magee and Richard Moore – and also Lord Alderdice who is featured in his role as a psychiatrist and as the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Jo and Pat have been on a journey of dialogue ever since Jo reached out to the man who killed her father in the year 2000. Richard Moore was blinded by a soldier in Northern Ireland when he was just ten years old and not only forgave but became friends with the man.
All of them suggested that the only way to move beyond the cycle of violence is to listen to the stories of ‘the other’. As Richard Moore says in beyond Right & Wrong, “it was forgiveness which allowed me to operate as a fully-functioning human-being”.
If you are interested in showing Beyond Right & Wrong contact firstname.lastname@example.org