I'm pleased to announce that the ground-breaking documentary Unlikely Friends will have it's premiere broadcast on Investigation Discoveries channel on Monday, Oct. 21st at 10/9C, 7 pm PST.
I had the pleasure of working as an Associate Producer on this poignant and informative film with my dear friend, Producer/Director Leslie Neale. Leslie has built her career creating films that bring to the public our country's dire need for criminal justice reform. Her award-winning film, Juvies, dealt with children being tried as adults, and serving harsh sentences for their transgressions. That film screened before Congress, and was responsible for legislation that changed many lives.
Unlikely Friends, narrated by Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), tells the stories
of victims of brutal crimes who, through forgiveness, unexpectedly
become friends with their perpetrators. Finding a criminal justice
system that left them empty and unsupported, they reached out to those
who hurt them. What they found is astonishing and unbelievable to most.
Their stories open our thinking to new possibilities for healing in our
criminal justice system.
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“Moving, inspiring, revolutionary. Unlikely Friends shows we are
capable of human miracles. The tough, patient compassion and inspiration
of Restorative Justice can teach the world to hear the pain of one
another, and help us end conflict everywhere.”
Author, A Path With Heart
“It is a tour de force. It shows how restorative justice empowers
victims to change their stories from anger, pain, hatred and revenge to
renewal, restoration and, sometimes, forgiveness. You have documented
the power of restorative justice and shown how facing the pain they
caused helps offenders more than prison bars ever can.”
Rep. Pete Lee
Colorado State Representative
“Unlikely Friends” is an extraordinary film, charting unlikely
friendships from those starting out at opposite ends of the criminal
justice system. It is a powerful testimony to the power of repentance,
showing regret and remorse as something that clearly rehabilitates the
victim as well as the offender. The message is that face-to-face
meetings (restorative justice) humanises crime and repairs broken
relationships but also that close friendship, even love, can grow out of
the tragedy of murder and extreme violence. Leslie Neale has found and
filmed some astonishing stories charting how victims of crime are able
to turn away from a lifetime of bitterness, hatred and arrested grief
to trying to help, support, and offer friendship to the one person you’d
expect them to despise – the person who killed or harmed their loved
ones. Everyone should watch this film to understand more about how
forgiveness transforms pain and how finding the gift in the wound mends
Founder/Director – The Forgiveness Project