About the Film
For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid’s rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa’s brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.
The Truth and Reconciliation hearings were the genesis of the current movement to use a restorative approach to conflict resolution. This film illustrates a nation’s efforts to move from vengeance and retribution to understanding and forgiveness. Today, restorative practices are being used in American criminal justice and school systems to break the School to Prison Pipeline and promote social equity. Following the film, a panel of state and local leaders will discuss how these processes are being implemented to move us to a more equitable and just society.
Presented in partnership with Mountain Mediation Center and supported by grant funding received from Park City Community Foundation.