Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker is starring as the iconic South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the upcoming Saban film The Forgiven. The project opens in theaters on March 9.

When Tutu (Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he’s summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Eric Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal. The Forgiven comes from Oscar® nominated director Roland Joffé.

“This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa. The film is a tribute to the remarkable and healing power of forgiveness and the outstanding compassion and courage of those who offered love and forgiveness as an antidote to hate and inhumanity. This is not only a film about a certain time and place, it is a pean of hope to humanity at large,” said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in a statement.

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