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THE FORGIVEN in selected cinemas from this weekend!

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.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, masterfully portrayed by Forest Whitaker

The film will be shown at the following cinemas around the country:

Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley

Ster-Kinekor Blue Route

Ster-Kinekor V&A Waterfront

Ster-Kinekor Gateway

Ster-Kinekor Cedar Square

Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn

Ster-Kinekor Rosebank

Ster-Kinekor Cresta

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.



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