As We Forgive and 40 Days of Forgiveness

As We Forgive is one of my favorite documentaries in the last several years. Directed by Laura Waters Hinson, the film has received critical acclaim, including the Gold Winner for Best Documentary at the 2008 Student Academy Awards. Executive Producer Stephen McEveety (Braveheart) released As We Forgive on October 6, 2009.

Now, the story continues with a 40 Days of Forgiveness campaign. Starting on February 17 and lasting through April 4th, universities, Churches and other groups are invited to engage their communities around the topic of radical forgiveness by hosting film screenings of As We Forgive to ultimately build a "Living Bricks" village of reconciliation in Rwanda. In partnership with Prison Fellowship, the Living Bricks initiative was created to equip repentant ex-genocide prisoners in Rwanda with the tools to build critically needed housing for their victim's families. The Living Bricks Village will ultimately be an incredible community of genocide survivors and ex-genocide prisoners who live peacefully as neighbors through reconciliation. This is an incredible and radical idea and one worth supporting.

The goal of the 40 Days of Forgiveness Campaign is to partner with 40 Churches, schools, universities, and individuals to host local screenings with the end goal of raising funding to build new homes in the Living Bricks Village. The cost of each home is $5,000, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the village.

This is a great project to get involved in. The 40 Days of Forgiveness is also an opportunity for groups to engage their communities in discussions and studies on the power of forgiveness and redemption.

Please consider hosting a screening in your area.

To learn more about how you can be involved in the 40 Days Campaign or to host a film screening in your community, visit the As We Forgive website or contact the As We Forgive office at 804-301-6788.