EVENT: ‘The F Word: stories that transform’ – Programme

We are launching ‘The F Word: stories that transform’ at Oxo Tower Wharf in London. The Forgiveness Project team will be on site throughout the week showcasing aspects of our work in a series of events – a mini festival of forgiveness on the South Bank! Do come down and say hello.

Shaped around four key questions, the exhibition is a dynamic and challenging exploration of forgiveness through real life stories. As part of the exhibition we are delighted to be premiering five short documentaries made for us by Resight Films. These intimate films explore the journeys of some of our storytellers and the transformative power of forgiveness.

‘The F Word: stories that transform’
Date: 8 – 12 March 2017
Time: Open daily, 11am – 6pm
Location: gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London SE1 9PH


RESTORE: Meet the storytellers – Thursday, 9 March
We are offering the chance to engage in conversations with our storytellers who work in prison – why they tell their story, how it impacts those who hear it, and how telling their story has changed them. The conversations will be run using the principles of the Human Library which provide a positive framework for dialogue that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices. Suitable for anyone working in prisons, storytelling and education as well as those with a general interest. 11am – 2pm – Free but booking required – BOOK HERE.

How can we use our story to transform anger and pain? – Saturday, 11 March
We are inviting up to 15 participants to join a Restorative Circle under the theme of How can we use our story to transform anger and pain? The circle process is used throughout the world to strengthen communities and enhance communication, and this circle will explore how to shift our perspective around unresolved issues. 11am – 1pm – BOOK HERE.

Films of Forgiveness – Sunday, 12 March
We will be screening a diverse mix of short and feature length films throughout the day – stories of resilience, forgiveness, restoration and hope:
11.05am: Being with the energy of forgiveness (27 mins)
11.50am: Jihad: A story of the others (50 mins)
1.00pm: Not Criminally Responsible (52 mins)
4.00pm: Beyond right and wrong (1 hr 21 mins)
5.40pm: Admissions (21 mins)
11am – 2pm / 4 – 6pm – Films of forgiveness drop-in, no registration required.

The day also features the first ever screening of ‘The Meeting: finding humanity through restorative justice’, a documentary produced by The Forgiveness Project and Shad Ali. This screening event followed by a Q&A will offer a rare opportunity to witness the real power of restorative justice introducing an element of humanity into a situation which had dehumanised both attacker and victim. Shot in HMP Featherstone, this raw and stirring short documentary shows how restorative justice can restore humanity and provide resolution for victims, offenders and society as a whole. 2.30pm – 3.45pm – Free but booking required – BOOK HERE.
The Meeting

Our Programme Manager for RESTORE, Sandra Barefoot, will be available 8th March 12-5pm and 11th March 2-4pm to support BSL discussions around The F Word exhibition.

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