Conflict, forgiveness, renewal

Long Night's Journey Into Day

For almost 50 years, the people of South Africa were subjected to a remorseless system of racial classification and discrimination known as Apartheid. After the system collapsed in 1994, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established to review amnesty applications submitted by individuals who'd been involved in Apartheid-related crimes. The most important criteria? All applicants had to disclose the absolute truth of their involvement in these crimes. In exchange for being honest about their activities and human rights abuses, perpetrators could earn amnesty for the crimes they committed during Apartheid.

Long Night's Journey Into Day — the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary — details four cases reviewed by the TRC and is the final film showcased as part of the Human Rights Video Project at Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists Church. For more information about the project, visit

Long Night's Journey Into Day, 7:15 p.m. Wed., Sept. 6, Spirit of Life UU Church, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa, 813-792-1622.

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