Beyond Forgiving has won the Golden Award for Inspiration at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality (IFFPIE). The award ceremony will be held on 4 September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The film is the latest documentary from Initiatives of Change UK. It tells the inspiring journey of two South Africans who bring healing and reconciliation to post-apartheid South Africa. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele form an unlikely team: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman. One has suffered directly from the actions of the other - both have been victims and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of both tragedy and hope.
Imad Karam, Film Director and Head of Communications for IofC-UK, has also been honoured separately with the Award of Excellence for Best Director from IFFPIE. Karam says: 'My ultimate hope is that if people can be inspired that even in the most dire circumstances people can forgive; then many of us can forgive the little things that we can't let go in our daily lives. We don't have to be warring tribes or parties or to have killed to forgive each other'.
Beyond Forgiving has also won an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition, 2013 and so far has been officially selected by the Global Peace Film Festival (2013) and the Peace on Earth Film Festival (2014).
Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele, the film’s protagonists, will visit the UK in early Spring 2014. The aim is for an official launch of Beyond Forgiving in the UK with a planned tour of major cities and towns to include London, Belfast, Liverpool, and Oxford. The purpose is to promote the message of forgiveness and peace-building; to explore and find solutions to conflict for individuals and within communities for better futures.