Beyond Right and Wrong
|Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness|
|Directed by||Roger Spottiswoode
|Produced by||Lekha Singh
|Music by||David Hirschfelder|
|Cinematography||Robert Adams, Robert Fitzgerald, Tony Hardmon|
|Edited by||Paul Seydor, A.C.E.|
|Article 19 Films|
|Running time||80 min.|
Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness is a 2012 American documentary film about restorative justice and forgiveness. It is directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh and produced by Lekha Singh and Rebecca Chaiklin. The film depicts victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The film tells the stories of Bassam and Salwa Aramin, Emmanuel Bamporiki, Jo Berry, Robi Damelin, Rami Elhanan and Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Patrick Magee, Richard Moore, Beatrice (Beata) Mukangarambe, and Jean-Baptiste Ntakirutimana. Commentators include Lord John Alderdice, Denis Bradley, Marina Cantacuzino, Bishop John Rucyahana, and Dr. James Smith.
On 13 September 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon screened the film for the General Assembly in New York. The film was also part of the 'World Cinema Narrative' section at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival. In 2014, The Huffington Post ran a series of eight articles inspired by the film. Authors included Kweku Mandela Amuah, Judith Light, Jo Berry, and co-director and producer Lekha Singh.
Beyond Right & Wrong received the following awards:
- Best Documentary Film by Fingal Film Festival
- Runner-up for Best Documentary by the LA Jewish Film Festival
- Social Impact Award at the Collective Conference in Park City, which bestowed a $50,000 matching grant from Pvblic.
In 2014, co-director and producer Lekha Singh received the Snowball Influencer Award from Cause Brands.
- John DeFore. "Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness (Review)." The Hollywood Reporter. October 26, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- Giles Fraser. "The key to forgiveness is the refusal to seek revenge." The Guardian. February 8, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- Onslow. “Why Forgiveness is Imperative in the Modern World.” Corner Magazine. February 6, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Neil White. “Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories Of Justice And Forgiveness: Movie Review.” Every Film Blog. February 7, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Marina Cantacuzino. “Beyond Right and Wrong: How a Film Became a Peaceful Revolution.” Huff Post Impact. February 18, 2014. Updated April 20, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Frank Farley and Mona Sarshar. “From Giving to Forgiving—A Bridge Too Far?” PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59, No. 8, Article 9. February 24, 2014. Referenced by Ryan M. Niemiec. “The Imperative of Forgiveness and the Deployment of ‘Heroic’ Character Strengths.” PsycCRITIQUES Blog. March 27, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
In February 2014, Beyond Right & Wrong collaborated with FilmRaise to promote the 52-minute version of the film while directing $500,000 to charity. A portion of the money donated by Operation Kids Foundation and Share the Mic is sent to a partnering charity when people watch the film online for free. Indiewire and Forbes also wrote about the campaign.
Beyond Right & Wrong and FilmRaise partnered with the following NGOs: Anasazi Foundation, Building Bridges for Peace, Cinema for Peace Foundation, ConnecTeach, Creative Visions Foundation, Empower Mali, The Forgiveness Project, Free the Children, Heshima Kenya, Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Jeans 4 Justice, Kidnected World, The Malala Fund, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, PeacePlayers International, Search for Common Ground, Solar Electric Light Fund, Ubuntu Education Fund, Utah Refugee Center, Utah Rotary District 5420, WITNESS, and Women for Women International.
- Daniel Jenks. “Finding Forgiveness in the Darkest of Places.” MariaShriver.com. February 26, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- “Madiba's grandson supports One Million Viewer campaign to drive justice and reconcilitation (sic).” Nelson Mandela.org. March 7, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Whitney Evans. “Local woman using inspiring films to incite charitable donations.” The Deseret News. March 22, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Candice Madsen. “Deseret News National Edition: Neon Trees, ways to end poverty and 'The Ten Today' series.” The Deseret News. April 13, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Philip Hellmich (interview host). “Beyond Right and Wrong with Lekha Singh, Mitch Warner, and John W. McDonald.” Shift Network. Recorded June 17, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Kweku Mandela. “New Film Offers Lesson in Forgiveness.” The African-American Observer. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- Liz Smith. “Judith Light will Host a Screening.” JudithLight.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- “About the Stories.” ’’Beyond Right & Wrong’’. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- “Special Screening for the U.N.” Beyond Right & Wrong. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- "World Cinema Narrative". Hamptons International Film Festival. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013.
- “Beyond Right and Wrong.” The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 25, 2014
- “Best Avant Garde Film by the APA.” Beyond Right & Wrong. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- “2013 Winners.” Fingal Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- “2013 Festival Highlights.” Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- “Accouncements.” PVBLIC Foundation. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- Emily Franson, Cause Brands. “Beyond Right and Wrong Director Lekha Singh Awarded Snowball Influencer Award.” Cause Brands - Blog. January 18, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- @TheDesmondTutu tweet. Twitter. February 20, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
- @JudithLight tweet. Twitter. February 20, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
- @CharlizeTheron tweet. Twitter. March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
- @RealHughJackman tweet. Twitter. March 14, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
- @humanloveshuman tweet. Twitter. February 20, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
- FilmRaise. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- Paula Bernstein. “Watch This Film for Free and Raise Money for Charities.” Indiewire. February 13, 2014. Retrieved July, 23, 2014
- Devin Thorpe. “Innovative Film Distribution Model Gives Money To Charity While You Watch For Free.” Forbes. February 11, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014
- “Partners.” FilmRaise. Retrieved July 24, 2014
- “Promotional Partners.” FilmRaise. Retrieved July 24, 2014