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Preview: Feature Documentary ‘The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu’

Preview: Feature Documentary 'The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu'

An worthwhile, upcoming project to add to your watch-lists; no ETA yet.

Titled “The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu,” it s documentary feature film directed by Karen Hayes, which “takes viewers on a global journey revealing Desmond Tutu’s process of promoting forgiveness. Following Tutu intimately, the filmmaker and audience are thrust into an uncomfortable world where Tutu asks that atrocities be forgiven. And as Tutu challenges traditional notions of justice, personal lives are impacted in unimaginable ways.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, a moral icon of our time, and key role player in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa. He spoke out against the injustices of the apartheid system, becoming a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial conciliation in South Africa.

He received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, recognizing his contributions to that cause. And in 1986, was elevated to Archbishop of Cape Town, helping to bridge the chasm between black and white Anglicans in South Africa.

In recent years, the  elder world statesman has turned his attention to other causes, notably the campaign against HIV/AIDS, as well as advocating for peace, reconciliation as well as social justice around the globe.

Here’s a statement from the filmmaker on the project: “I met Desmond Tutu in the 1980s on the lawn of All Saints Pasadena, the progressive church that was a sanctuary for South African activists. I later traveled with a group to South Africa to meet anti-apartheid leaders and make further plans to support the Movement. It was then that Archbishop Desmond invited me to film his work. My awareness of Desmond Tutu had been as a powerful religious figure that wore elegant purple bishop’s robes while demanding justice from white-supremacist leaders. However on our first shoot in 1995, I witnessed him asking Rwandan genocide survivors to forgive their slaughterers which perplexed and daunted me. “Where was justice?” I wanted to know. My journey with Desmond Tutu ended up leading me, camera in tow, all over the world; from regal and Presidential locations, to remote villages and urban slums where histories of pain and outrage still haunt. I interviewed perpetrators of unspeakable violence as well as survivors who exemplified dignity. Along this journey I discovered the paradox that “the Foolishness of God” that Tutu speaks of is actually the wise act of letting go. Tutu sometimes says, “Forgiveness is the highest form of self-preservation.” I am now persuaded that it is also the pre-cursor to global preservation.”

The filmmaker took to crowdfunding to raise $30,000 to complete the project, and, with 16 days still left in the campaign, she’s already passed that figure, attracting $30,287 in contributions. Needless to say, goal reached! But, there are still 16 days left until the campaign ends, and I’m sure, despite already meeting her goal, she’d appreciate every additional penny contributed. You can almost never have enough funding when it comes to indie filmmaking. 

By the way, the project is sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.

To contribute to the campaign, click here (you’ll also find a pitch video there; for some reason, it’s not embeddable elsewhere, which baffles me), or within the widget underneath:

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