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Long Night’s Journey Into Day – Film with Discussion
Monday, June 18 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
At Peterborough Community Theatre
The Mariposa will host a screening of Long Night’s Journey Into Day at the Peterborough Community Theatre, with short discussion led by the Rev. Jamie Hamilton of All Saints’ Church to follow. This 90-minute film provides an inside look at South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) – one of the most comprehensive attempts to foster dialogue and healing following systemic and state-sponsored racial violence – through four cases heard by the Commission, including the only case involving an American citizen.
In the aftermath of the dismantling of Apartheid, South Africa’s decision to focus on Restorative Justice over Retributive Justice allowed the full truth of the atrocities committed to be exposed because Amnesty was granted to the perpetrators. An entire nation searched for a way to heal from its violent past by telling and hearing the truth through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s proceedings. As the Rev. Dr. Gideon Khabela, Chaplain to the Commission, once said, “This process is revealing the Soul of South Africa. What is the Soul of your country?”
While in Seminary in 1983, the Rev. Jamie Hamilton (now Rector of All Saints’ Church in Peterborough) met the Rev. Dr. Gideon Khabela, a Presbyterian minister from South Africa, and they became close friends. Gideon returned to South Africa to work with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was named Chaplain to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1993. Hamilton has traveled to South Africa numerous times to work with Gideon, mostly in the village churches of Kwa Zulu Natal.
South Africa’s transition from Apartheid to democracy is explored further in the Mariposa’s current featured exhibit, Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela, a collection of 51 powerful quilts made by quilt artists in the Women of Color Quilters Network, on display at the Mariposa through July 1st.