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The POWER of FORGIVENESS
A film by Martin Doblmeier
Best Documentary 2007, Sun Valley Film Festival
"A healing message" - Christian Science Monitor
New DVD release from Journey Films
From the Producers of BONHOEFFER
- Seven dramatic stories explore faith traditions and health sciences
- Bonus Features Include Desmond Tutu On Truth and Reconciliation
The 78-minute documentary includes stories with The Amish, North Ireland, Ground Zero, renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel peace Laureate Elie Wiesel and interviews with best-selling authors Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul), Marianne Williamson (The Gift of Change) and others. DVD only. $24.95 + shipping ($5).
- A one-hour version is scheduled for National Public Television release Spring, 2008
- Special advance screenings scheduled at United Nations, Virginia Tech, Washington National Cathedral and dozens of communities nationwide.
- Celebrated forgiveness expert's theories put to test after his mother's brutal slaying
- Latest clinical research shows a link between forgiveness and lower blood pressure, other health benefits
- Equally revealing stories of people who cannot forgive or find relief from anger, grief and resentment
Online guides for community conversations available at www.journeyfilms.com.
The film is a presentation of South Carolina ETV.
Major funding provided by The John Templeton Foundation and Fetzer Institute.
Probing the mystery and power of forgiveness
“The spirit of forgiveness could change our world for the better. Everyone should read this book.” Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
“Forgiveness may be the best hope for our rage-filled world. In a lively style, Kenneth Briggs deftly explores the tough questions and illuminates the transforming power of forgiveness.” – Donald Kraybill, co-author of Amish Grace
This volume examines the mysterious for of forgiveness at work in the world. Companion to a film of the same title, from Journey Films, the book focuses on real people going through real struggles and faced with all the betrayal, loss, grief and confusion that human nature encounters. But it also portrays the healing power of forgiveness as understood in religious traditions, social-scientific research and the lives of people around the world. Illuminating and wise, Kenneth Brigg’s work probes deeply how we can freshly engage the elusive quality of forgiveness and hoe forgiveness and reconciliation sometimes transform the personal, social, political and cultural scripts that plague us.
Also included are compelling interviews with forgiveness researchers and with such luminaries as Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Sr. Helen Prejean, Pastor James A. Forbes Jr., Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and acclaimed spiritual writer Thomas Moore.
Kenneth Briggs joined the staff of Newsday in 1970, becoming its first religion writer. He moved to The New York Times in 1974 as the religion editor and remained there until 1985. Since then he has freelanced and taught, as well as written two important works on Roman Catholicism in America: Holy Siege: The year that Shook Catholic America (1992) and Double-Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns (2006). He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a regular columnist for Beliefnet.com.
Martin Doblmeier, President and found of Journey Films, has traveled on location for forty countries to profile numerous religious leaders, religious communities, heads of state and Nobel Laureates. His documentaries, among the American Byzantine, Bernardin and the widely acclaimed BONHOEFFER, have aired on PBS, NBC, ABC, The History Channel, other cable networks and several countries around the world.