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Tutu movie The Forgiven gets official release in the US

By: stagedoorscribbler - February 26, 2018

Forest Whitaker who plays Desmond Tutu in The Forgiven

The extraordinary Truth and Reconciliation work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu comes under an international spotlight again next week when Roland Joffé‘s movie The Forgiven is officially released in the USA.

The film, which received glowing reviews when screened at the BFI Film Festival in London late last year, explorers the delicate negotiations brokered by Tutu in the aftermath of the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

 It stars Forest Whittaker as the tireless peace and social justice campaigner heading up a national investigation and faced with a notorious murderer appealing for clemency.

It’s a fictional account of a meeting that could have had catastrophic consequences. Summoned to a maximum security prison, Tutu finds himself face to face with hateful killer Piet Blumfield (Eric Bana). A game of mental chess ensues with Tutu trying to outwit this  cunningly manipulative racist. 

The film was adapted by Michael Ashton from his own play, The Archbishop And The Antichrist.

We look forward to hearing the thoughts of the US reviewers for The Forgiven will surely resonate loudly in a country where racial tensions are creating so much trouble.