The long-awaited film, THE FORGIVEN, is a fictionalised account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s efforts as the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The drama follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu, masterfully portrayed by Forest Whitaker, and his struggle – morally and intellectually – with brutal murderer and member of a former apartheid-era hit squad, Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana), over redemption and forgiveness.
While it has been two decades since the TRC concluded, director Roland Joffé’s new film returns to that time to grapple with the terrible truths of apartheid and its legacy. The film opens at South African cinemas nationwide this Friday, 5 October, 2018.
THE FORGIVEN is a fictionalised account of Archbishop Tutu’s efforts to confront the atrocities of apartheid in an attempt to heal and unite South Africa. When Tutu receives a highly articulate letter pleading for clemency, written by the convicted murderer, he becomes intrigued enough to visit the prisoner in his cell; here the two men have a series of intense conversations about guilt and forgiveness.
The film will be shown at the following cinemas around the country:
Ster-Kinekor Blue Route
Ster-Kinekor V&A Waterfront
Ster-Kinekor Cedar Square
Nu Metro Hyde Park
Nu Metro V&A Waterfront
Labia Orange Street
With potent acting, relevant social commentary, adept writing and direction, THE FORGIVEN is a powerful film, and the ultimate testament to the power of forgiveness and finding common ground in our humanity.
THE FORGIVEN was produced by international award-winning feature film and television production company Light and Dark Films. The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 5 October 2018, and is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.