Journey Toward Forgiveness

DVD Release: December 4, 2001
Journey Toward Forgiveness


This hour-long documentary powerfully demonstrates that those who are able to embark on a process towards forgiveness — though heartrending and difficult — find it to be the path to inner healing.

Dove Review

“Journey Toward Forgiveness” does an excellent job in showing examples of people who learned to forgive through a “process,” and the relief it brought. The film includes the parents of a 13-year-old daughter who was murdered, a man dying of cancer who lost the support of his brother who quit visiting him, the parents of a girl killed in a car accident by a drunken driver, a Cheyenne Indian who finds reconciliation with the descendants of the military men who killed his ancestors, a black man whose brother was killed by a white sheriff, and a man who lost his daughter during the Oklahoma City bombing.

Several family members and friends of those featured in the documentary appear for support, and one family says they haven’t reached the point of forgiveness — a heart-wrenching admission from a struggling family. A minister prays with the man whose brother no longer visits, and a woman says The Lord’s Prayer as her husband once did, although she was bitter with God for his death before she finds healing through forgiveness. “Journey Toward Forgiveness” is sure to touch people’s emotions, and we are pleased to award it our Faith Friendly 12+ Seal. This film is educational, informative, and well worth seeing. It makes the question abundantly clear that, more often than not, forgiveness is a process.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: "D**n Bear"-5 (A father says his daughter called the Teddy bear a "D" bear when she went off to college, but she took it to her dorm and the nickname stuck); G-1; M/G-1
Violence: Footage of a burning building during the Oklahoma City bombing; comments about a murdered girl; a drunk driver refused to let girls out of his vehicle before he crashed it, and a girl died; woman says she once would have liked to shoot ten child murderers, but she gets over the anger; a black man's brother was shot, and the crime was racially motivated; an elderly woman says her teacher used to hit her with a ruler, so one day she whacked her back
Drugs: A few comments about drinking; man says he used to drink a lot; man says he used to smoke a lot; a drunk driver had an accident that resulted in a girl's death.
Nudity: None
Other: People discuss the bitterness and the lack of forgiveness they harbor, and one family says they still struggle with it; the mention of death and grief; in a Native American ritual, the Cheyenne Indians return the skulls or bones of their ancestors to graves; racism is mentioned.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 58 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Barbra Graber
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter