Director: Ian Gabriel
Country: South Africa
Year: 2005
Running Time: 118 min.
Language: English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

Tertius Coetzee, an ex-cop granted amnesty for his crimes by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, seeks out the family of one of his apartheid-era victims to ask them for forgiveness. His decision to visit the family results in heated emotions, unexpected twists, and an ending that will have a lasting impression.

About the Director

Ian Gabriel

2004 Toronto International Film Festival - Forgiveness" PortraitsBiography: Ian Gabriel’s career began at Johannesburg’s famous multi-racial theatre venue, Dorkay House. It was in this intriguing setting that a fascination with performance drew Ian into film where he worked as a producer before launching himself as a commercials and music video director. Today Ian Gabriel is internationally recognised as a top performance director with exceptional visual flare across all genres of filmmaking. His approach to film making and story telling has earned him the reputation for creating distinctive compelling narratives, turning many of his commercials into beautifully crafted short films in their own right. As well as the multiple awards Ian has won for his commercial and music video work, Ian was the recipient of the Human Rights Award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival in 2004 for his debut feature film Forgiveness, a Golden Leopard Nominee and winner of the Locarno Youth Jury Best Film Award. Forgiveness received prestigious international Festival and Audience Choice Awards and has featured in programs focusing on conflict, drama and reconciliation at festivals around the world and at programs at Cambridge and Princeton Universities.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Forgiveness (2005).

Forgiveness (2004);
Four Corners (2013).

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