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From Extremist to Peacemaker: Beyond Forgiving
Wed 7 December 2016, 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
The fourth of a series of four Wednesday evening discussions drawing lessons from documentary films about ‘extremists’ who became peacemakers - learning qualities and strategies from peacemakers. This event is by donation.
Peter Riddell, UK National Coordinator for Initiatives of Change, will be co-facilitating with Ashley Muller, UK National Coordinator for Creators of Peace. Peter has, or has had, personal connections with all those portrayed in the films.
In 1993 post-apartheid South Africa, Letlapa Mphalele, a guerrilla commander, ordered a shooting in a pub in Cape Town in which a white girl, Lyndi Fourie was killed. The film ‘Beyond Forgiving’ traces her mother Ginn’s quest to meet the man responsible for her killing, and the self-discovery that both experienced as a result. Watch the TRAILER HERE
Other films in this four-part series include:
7:30pm Wednesday 16th November - FOR THE LOVE OF TOMORROW
French socialist leader, Irène Laure, fought in the Resistance in the Second World War, and hated the Germans so much that she wished to see Germany ‘totally destroyed’. She later played a significant role in the reconciliation of France and Germany. The film ‘For the Love of Tomorrow’ gives insights into how she made that transition.
7:30pm Wednesday 23rd November - THE IMAM AND THE PASTOR
Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye fought each other in defending their communities in Northern Nigeria in the early ‘90s. Ashafa’s spiritual teacher was killed in the struggle and Wuye lost his hand. In the film ‘The Imam and the Pastor’, they tell how they went on to become co-directors of the Kaduna Interfaith Mediation Centre, training teams of pastors and imams to be mediators in flashpoints across Nigeria and beyond.
7:30pm Wednesday 23rd November - AN AFRICAN ANSWER
The protagonists in the previous session’s film, Imam Ashafa and Pastor James, were invited to Kenya to mediate between tribesmen who fought each other in post-election violence in 2007. The film ‘An African Answer’ captures this masterclass in mediation, in which they employ all the experience they have gained through their work in Nigeria.