One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Iceland, Thordis Elva kisses
her son and partner goodbye before boarding a plane to do a remarkable
thing: fly seven thousand miles to South Africa to confront the man who
raped her when she was just sixteen. Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia,
Tom Stranger nervously embarks on an equally life-changing journey to
meet Thordis, wondering whether he is worthy of this milestone.
exchanging hundreds of searingly honest emails over eight years,
Thordis and Tom decided it was time to speak face to face. Coming from
opposite sides of the globe, they meet in the middle, in Cape Town,
South Africa, a country that is no stranger to violence and the healing
power of forgiveness.
South of Forgiveness is an unprecedented
collaboration between a survivor and a perpetrator, each equally
committed to exploring the darkest moment of their lives. It is a true
story about being bent but not broken, facing fear with courage, and
finding hope even in the most wounded of places. Personable, accessible,
and compelling, South of Forgiveness is an intense and refreshing look
at a gendered violence, rape culture, personal responsibility, and the
effect that patriarchal cultures have on both men and women.