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Mip TV Picks 2008: Forgiveness: Stories for Our Time

Would you be able to forgive someone who did something unspeakable to you?
March 31, 2008

Would you be able to forgive someone who did something unspeakable to you – who killed someone you love, for example? That was obviously the question on filmmaker Johanna Lunn’s mind as she tackled the stories of four characters who have lived through brutal days only to resurface looking to make sense of what has happened to them.

The four tales in question are the most terrible imaginable: Lesley Parrott’s daughter was stalked, raped and strangled; Anne Marie Hagan’s father was murdered by the next-door neighbor; Alan McBride’s wife was killed in an IRA bombing in Belfast; and Reverend Julie Nicholson’s daughter was killed on the London underground in the terrorist bombing in 2004.

It’s not just a feel-good story about people learning to rise above, it’s an examination of how, as human beings, we can try to make sense of violent, mindless loss, and how we can respond in other ways than the initial demand for revenge. Partners: Wild East Productions, in coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada (Montreal) and CTV (Canada), distributed in Europe by re:think Entertainment (Toronto), and internationally by the NFB
Aired: CTV (Canada), May 2007
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.