Beyond Forgiving


Beyond Forgiving Beyond Forgiving is a documentary film, which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman.  One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims - and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope.

In 1993, during the Apartheid decades, Letlapa, then director of operations for the military wing of the Pan-Africanist Congress ordered reprisal massacres in response to the killing of black school children.  Ginn lost her only daughter in one of these.  She later forgave Letlapa. In the film, he says this was like another window of life for him. ‘Because for a long time, I had demonised the people I was fighting against but when people were reaching out and even agreeing to meet with me, it was like an opening of a world that was, until then, closed to me.’

The film tells of the journey they undertook to help their country, which suffers from the world's highest crime level in this post-Apartheid phase. Through their work, they try to bring a new spirit of community and forgiveness, in their country and beyond.

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Production team

Director of Photography:
Andrew Hinton

Edit Producer:
Adam Woods

Executive Producer:
Howard Grace

Producer and Director:
Imad N. Karam

Running time: 28 minutes


'Beyond Forgiving is a beautifully crafted film about two people's journey of forgiveness.  Emerging through trauma, pain and finally towards transformation, the film gives voice to a humanity born out of intense sorrow, and shows forgiveness as a way of living creatively with the problem of irreversibility.’
Marina Cantacuzino, Founder, The Forgiveness Project

'Beyond Forgiving depicts real experiences of real people who lived through the horror of injustice, violence and personal loss.  As hard as it is to understand, they show us in this film that we can transcend the horror and hurt of the past and go beyond forgiving to reconcile and help others.  An extraordinary idea, full of hope!'
Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University

Film Screenings

Beyond Forgiving featured at Global Peace Film Festival 


Beyond Forgiving is available in English with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic. 

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Year of publication2013
Shipping classpaperback/video
PublisherInitiatives of Change