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The Power of Forgiveness
Saturday, November 17, 2007

Please join us for the Houston premiere of The Power of Forgiveness, a documentary that examines the role forgiveness can play in alleviating anger and grief, as well as the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come with forgiveness. The film includes stories and interviews with people from many faith traditions: Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel on forgiveness in the Jewish faith; Azim Khamisa on forgiveness and Islam; Rev. James Forbes, pastor of Riverside Church in New York, on forgiveness from a Christian perspective. And best-selling author Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) speaks on forgiveness from a spiritual dimension.

The Power of Forgiveness - 60 minutes
Director: Martin Doblmeier
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Location: Rice Media Center
Tickets: $10.00 online or $10.00 cash/check at the door
Doblmeier Reception: 7:00-8:00pm
Screening Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Q&A: 9:00pm-10:00pm
Door Prize: Signed copy of the DVD

Synopsis: THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS is a new one-hour film that takes an honest look at the intensity of anger and grief that human nature is heir to. The film examines the role forgiveness can play in alleviating anger and grief, as well as the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come with forgiveness. It combines character-driven stories about the most dramatic transgressions imaginable with other stories that feel more familiar, more understandable to the viewer.

The film includes stories and interviews with people from many faith traditions: Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel on forgiveness in the Jewish faith; Azim Khamisa on forgiveness and Islam; Rev. James Forbes, pastor of Riverside Church in New York, on forgiveness from a Christian perspective. And best-selling author Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) speaks on forgiveness from a spiritual dimension.

There are stories on forgiveness research, building a Garden of Forgiveness at Ground Zero and the Amish teaching on forgiveness. And we hear from doctors, psychologists and psychotherapists who present the measurable benefits of forgiveness and the hidden costs of unforgiveness.

The film is a presentation of South Carolina ETVMajor funding for THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS was provided by The Fetzer Institute as part of its Campaign for Love and Forgiveness and by The John Templeton Foundation.

About the Director: Martin Doblmeier is president and founder of Journey Films in Alexandria, Virginia. Since 1983 he has produced and directed more than 25 award-winning films on subjects of faith and spirituality, including: The Heart Has Its Reasons: the story of the L'Arche communities for men and women with mental handicaps. Taize: That Little Springtime: a profile of the ecumenical monastic community in France. Bernardin: the story of Chicago's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.Final Blessing: a film about the spiritual issues of the terminally ill. BONHOEFFER: the critically acclaimed, theatrically released documentary about the famed pastor and Nazi resister.

Martin combines a lifelong interest in religion with a passion for journalism. Over the years he has traveled on location to more than forty countries to profile numerous religious leaders, religious communities, heads of state and Nobel Laureates. His films examine how belief can lead individuals to extraordinary actions, how spirituality creates and sustains communities and how faith is lived out in the most challenging times.

In the last few years Martin has been a featured speaker or presented films and led discussions in some 100 churches, synagogues and theaters across America, and has been a guest on numerous national and international programs.

For More information:
Journey Films

Co-sponsored by:
The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance

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