Many Christian film and documentary efforts fall far short of industry standards for quality and artistry. As We Forgive is an exception to this trend, representing the powerful results possible when skillful storytelling works hard and is informed by our faith. It is a model for those aspiring to craft documentaries from a Christian worldview and a treat to share with friends—believers and non-believers alike.

With all the positives, a word of caution is in order. As We Forgive depicts the horrors of a national genocide and pulls no punches. Graphic images and discussions make this a film parents will want to preview before allowing children—even older children—to view it (see Cautions below). On the other hand, it makes a thought-provoking, emotionally charged conversation-starter for older teens and adults.

Honest, gritty, and tense, As We Forgive is a well-crafted documentary that grips from the opening moments and refuses to let go. Redemptive themes abound as the film concludes that forgiveness is the key to peace. Peace with our neighbors, peace with ourselves, and peace with God.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Mention of drinking beer.
  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  Descriptions and images of violence are plentiful and may be disturbing to some views. Images include: Soldiers carrying firearms. A woman shows the camera machete scars on her back and leg. Multiple graphic images of genocide victims’ dead bodies, including the bodies of children. A body floats down a river. A long distance shot of a person falling to the ground after a blow to the head. Disturbing images of human skulls and bones stacked on shelves.