The South African, film Tsotsi, got good publicity. What with the Oscar Committee's recognition and all. In France they're showing another South African one, though, that seems to have less hoopla around it. It's called Zulu Love Letter, and stars Pamela Nomvete, Mpumi Malatsi, Kurt Egelhof, Connie Mfuku and Sophie Mgcina. A husband and his wife are killed by the Apartheid secret police, she in the street, in front of her children and other people. The main protagonist witnesses this second murder, and has a hard time living with what she saw, especially that an old lady, 'Mè Tau, enters the story and is looking for her daughter, Dineo, who was murdered.
We all have to learn how to forgive. The critics are rather harsh with the film, perhaps rightly so, because the story-line of a movie is only a small part of the whole. I suspect that I will go see it anyhow, just because we all have to learn to forgive. The saying says that "it takes a strong person to say 'sorry,' and an ever stronger person to forgive." It does. But all those who can't forgive have a right not to. Such people will probably trash their lives and won't get very far with a lot of things, but they do have a right not to forgive.
Forgiving another human being for violating your child is almost beyond human capabilities. It is very difficult for me to stand behind an altar and celebrate the Eucharist and lead people in words of peace and reconciliation and forgiveness when I feel very far from that myself [www.telegraph.co.uk].
That's what The Rev Julie Nicholson, priest-in-charge of St Aidan with St George church, Bristol, said, after stepping down and giving up her function. She couldn't forgive and she couldn't go on telling others to do so, from behind the clout of the pulpit. So she quit. She has every right to do so. I can't repeat myself enough -- I will forever be amazed how and why, once Apartheid was over, South Africa did not sombre into blood-letting madness, fuelled by revenge and the inability to forgive. Chalk it off to gifted and dedicated leaders who were able to take advantage of the fatigue people had with violence and bigotry. Chalk it off to circumstances favoured by a very long history of colour supremacy which was really human weakness. Chalk it off to South Africa's at once real and incredible revenge against the odds.