Beyond Right and Wrong

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Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Lekha Singh
Produced by Lekha Singh
Rebecca Chaiklin
Music by David Hirschfelder
Cinematography Robert Adams, Robert Fitzgerald, Tony Hardmon
Edited by Paul Seydor, A.C.E.
Article 19 Films
Release dates
  • October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05) (USA)
Running time
80 min.
Country USA
Language English

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.[1] 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.[2] The film was also part of the 'World Cinema Narrative' section at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival.[3] 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.[4]


Beyond Right & Wrong received the following awards:


  • Best Documentary Film by Fingal Film Festival[6]
  • Runner-up for Best Documentary by the LA Jewish Film Festival[7]


  • Social Impact Award at the Collective Conference in Park City, which bestowed a $50,000 matching grant from Pvblic.[8]

In 2014, co-director and producer Lekha Singh received the Snowball Influencer Award from Cause Brands.[9]



Archbishop Desmond Tutu,[10] Judith Light,[11] Charlize Theron,[12] Hugh Jackman,[13] and Nelson Mandela’s grandson Kweku Mandela Amuah[14] all tweeted about the film.

Online Viewership[edit]

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.[15] Indiewire[16] and Forbes[17] also wrote about the campaign.

Partner Organizations[edit]

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.[18]

Promotional partners include The Arbinger Institute, BRITDOC, Pvblic Foundation, and the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge.[19]

News Coverage[edit]


  1. ^ “About the Stories.” ’’Beyond Right & Wrong’’. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  2. ^ “Special Screening for the U.N.” Beyond Right & Wrong. Retrieved July 24, 2014
  3. ^ "World Cinema Narrative". Hamptons International Film Festival. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ “Beyond Right and Wrong.” The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 25, 2014
  5. ^ “Best Avant Garde Film by the APA.” Beyond Right & Wrong. Retrieved July 24, 2014
  6. ^ “2013 Winners.” Fingal Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2014
  7. ^ “2013 Festival Highlights.” Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2014
  8. ^ “Accouncements.” PVBLIC Foundation. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ @TheDesmondTutu tweet. Twitter. February 20, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
  11. ^ @JudithLight tweet. Twitter. February 20, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
  12. ^ @CharlizeTheron tweet. Twitter. March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
  13. ^ @RealHughJackman tweet. Twitter. March 14, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
  14. ^ @humanloveshuman tweet. Twitter. February 20, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014
  15. ^ FilmRaise. Retrieved July 24, 2014
  16. ^ Paula Bernstein. “Watch This Film for Free and Raise Money for Charities.” Indiewire. February 13, 2014. Retrieved July, 23, 2014
  17. ^ Devin Thorpe. “Innovative Film Distribution Model Gives Money To Charity While You Watch For Free.” Forbes. February 11, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014
  18. ^ “Partners.” FilmRaise. Retrieved July 24, 2014
  19. ^ “Promotional Partners.” FilmRaise. Retrieved July 24, 2014

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