The Forgiven

Synopsis: After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.
Genre: Thriller
115 min

and to set

the oppressed free."

That's in Luke 4:18.

Your people...

felt they were being oppressed

by the British,

they fought back

and they became free.

So you need to learn

from your own history

that when a people

decide to be free,

my dear friend, nothing,

absolutely nothing

is gonna stop them

from becoming free.

Yes. Very good.

Very high-minded of you.

But there's something

you just don't get, kaffir.

Something you just do not get.

Killing someone

is never political,

no matter what anyone says.

Killing someone is personal.

It's always, always personal.

It's simple.

You like to read, eh?

Study on this,

"Unconquerable will,

study of revenge,

immortal hate,

courage to never submit

or yield,

what else is not to be overcome?

Better to reign in Hell

than to serve in Heaven."


You quoted that poem

in your letter.

So papa was a teacher,

so I'm assuming he knows

it's "Paradise Lost."

And if you don't,

you're just one more

half-educated mzee

in my eyes.

You're a dreamer, my old Hotnot.

I grant you that.

A fucking dreamer.



I, for 40 years,

I dreamed of voting...

freely in a free country

in the land of my birth.

For 40 years,

I've been in the wilderness.

Now, it's finally come to pass.

There was this one


and I was standing there

on this stoep

covered in kaffir brain,

and blood, and shit.

My old head was throbbing

like babelaas...

and after the killings,

we set a fire.

And I could hear this voice

inside my head

as clear as you're

hearing me now,

telling me I had no dreams,

no passion, no hope.

"What is life without

them things?" it asked me.

"I have passion, I have dreams."

I remember shouting back.

And all the boys were there,

Francois, Hansie,

all the Hacksaw boys,

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