Documentary Investigates Profound Acts of Forgiveness

Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate is a new two-part PBS documentary that examines some of the most extraordinary stories of forgiveness.

The film explores the practice of forgiveness through a compelling range of stories, from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. Acclaimed writer, producer and director Helen Whitney takes viewers on an intimate look into the spontaneous outpouring of forgiveness around the world and among different cultures and ethnicities.

“Forgiveness is elusive, mysterious, primal… an idea and an ache, which is rooted in existential concerns. My intention is to complicate this vitally important subject. The film is meant to raise questions, not provide answers,” Helen Whitney said in an interview posted on The Fetzer Institute website.

The documentary will air in two 90-minute parts on PBS that airs April 17 and 24 which . If you missed the first part, you can watch it here.

The Fetzer Institute is sponsoring the film as part of its  Campaign for Love & Forgiveness.  A campaign it launched in 2006 encouraging people to “bring love and forgiveness into the heart of individual and community life.” The campaign facilitates conversations, activities and events to explore the role of power and love and forgiveness in their lives.

Fetzer has sponsored two other films throughout this campaign: The Power of Forgiveness which won the Best Documentary Award at theThird Annual Sun Valley Film Festival, and The Mystery of Love which won the Gold Camera Award at the
U.S. International Film & Video Festival.

Watch the trailer below:

Forgiveness: A Time to Love, A Time to Hate from Flavor Lab on Vimeo.