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The Power of Forgiveness
The Power of Forgiveness
Actors: Elie Weisel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore
Director: Martin Doblmeier
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 18min

To forgive somone can be simple. But this simple act can have powerul consequences - and may lead to a personal and spiritual transformation. Recently, the study of forgiveness has come into its own. — Researchers are exami...  more »


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Actors: Elie Weisel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore
Director: Martin Doblmeier
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Technology, Religion
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 03/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Power of Forgiveness"


Amos Lassen

Forgiving is painful but many times it is necessary in order for one to move on. Forgiving may be simple or extremely difficult and I am sure many of you wondered, as did I, how the Amish community could forgive the murder of its children. "The Power of Forgiveness" is a bold new documentary that shows how forgiveness can bring about both personal and spiritual transformation.
Elie Wiesel (Holocaust survivor), Marianne Williamson (Spiritual Activist), Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist teacher and peace activist) and Thomas More (author of "Care of the Soul") look at the power of forgiveness and show how forgiving can be transformative. They look at various conditions ranging from the simplest of spats to major catastrophes like 9/11 and guide us on how to forgive. There are many manifestations of forgiveness and each form has different approaches to finding a way to achieve peace with the issues.
What I learned is that forgiving is not as difficult as it may seem.
The movie hit me very personally as I am presently involved in a spat with one of my teaching colleagues at the university. We were once like sister and brother until she did something that really hurt me and I have been harboring that hurt for over two weeks now and each day I find it harder to move on. Each day that passes also makes it that much harder to forgive-especially because I know that I did nothing wrong.
On of the highlights of the film is contained in the extras. Desmond Tutu spoke at the Washington National Cathedral about his feelings on forgiving. Marianne Williamson also makes a powerful statement when she tells us that we live in a time when there is a great deal of evil around us and that we, of course, must hold those who deal in evil responsible for their actions. But we "nevertheless [must] stand for the possibility of human redemption that turns even the hardest hearts". By forgiving we let go of "the pain in the memory". We do not cast off the memory but it stops controlling us.
Great, upbeat, positive film with important message!
Film Aficionado | New York, NY USA | 12/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A film everyone should see - the interviews are timely and relevant, the stories's a transformative film, if you're open to its message of forgiveness. And if you're not open to it, this will help you become open."
Loves To Read | Twin Cities, MN USA | 03/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What does it mean to forgive someone? How do you go about forgiving? Does it mean that we forgo justice? Is forgiving simply a spiritual experience between an individual and God or does it play out on many different levels? These and other questions are addressed in this look at forgiveness by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier (Bonhoeffer). It looks at real life examples of forgiveness such as the Amish in the wake of the killing of five Amish schoolgirls that ripped their community. It shows the speech Elie Weisel made to the German Bundestadt challenging them to ask forgiveness of the Jewish people and then two months later, the speech made to the Israeli Knesset by the President of Germany asking forgiveness on behalf of Germany. It looks at forgiveness on many different levels including the physical level and how forgiveness (or lack of it) affects us physically and shows examples of forgiveness being taught in elementary schools as well as being offered in colleges. It shows three women who lost loved ones in 9/11 who travel to Lebanon to experience the Garden of Forgiveness established by the Lebanese and wonder why there is so much opposition to establishing a Garden of Forgiveness on the WTC site. While many might want to limit forgiveness to a theological discussion (and it certainly is a major if not THE major theological doctrine), this film shows the power of forgiveness beyond just the theological implications and how our world could be different if forgiveness were taken seriously and practiced by everyone. At the very least, this should be a wonderful conversation starter for those serious about studying forgiveness. Think of the political ramifications if candidates running for office would stand up and ask forgiveness of their opponents when they say something in error or intentionally malign them or if corporate leaders would ask forgiveness of shareholders for the mistakes they made in the name of corporate profits and greed. Perhaps, like most things, it works best if it starts from the individual and community level and works upward. That means it starts with you and me. [...]

Very powerful and thought-provoking film
Cool Reading | 02/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Consisting of several stories, this film explores human struggle to overcome various kinds of bad experiences, and to find peace of the soul through forgiveness. I recommend this film to everyone who looks for possibilities of reconciliation with the past in some way."