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There are crimes so unspeakably horrendous they seem unforgivable. And yet, some people do manage to forgive. Forgiveness: Stories for Our Time focuses on four individuals who have lived through events so painful and horrific they are unimaginable to most of us.


Lesley Parrott's young daughter was stalked, raped and strangled. Anne Marie Hagan's father was murdered by the next-door neighbour. Alan McBride's wife and eight others were killed in an IRA bombing in Belfast. Reverend Julie Nicholson's daughter was killed on the London underground in an al Queda bombing in 2004.


Through heartfelt interviews, archival footage and images shot by acclaimed cinematographer John Walker, filmmaker Johanna Lunn tells the stories of these characters as they absorb, cope with and attempt to move beyond brutal events in their lives.


Directed by: Johanna Lunn

Producer: Johanna Lunn, Kent Martin

Editor: Michael Greenwood

Cinematography: John Walker

Sound: Alex Salter, Harvey Hyslop

Narrator: Liz Richardson

Wild East Productions Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada




Buy Film:

Forgiveness: Stories

for Our Time


 "a ground breaking          documentary”

  - The Hollywood Reporter


  "deeply moving"

  - The Globe and Mail



- Best Mid Length Documentary

at Hot Docs


- Nominated for the Gemini

Donald Brittain Award



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