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The Forgiveness Film Festival: The Final Gift screening Comments

A film screening of the documentary film, The Final Gift, will be followed by an interactive discussion with the filmmakers. The film addresses universal ideas of forgiveness and redemption as well as the larger societal questions: how do we make peace with crime, support the victims, and restore the offenders? Thérèse Bartholomew, the author and director will be there to discuss her journey.  

While completing the memoir, Coffee Shop God, Thérèse Bartholomew was drawn to the story and voice of her brother’s killer. She wondered -- what was his life like before the night he shot Steve? What is his life like now in prison, and what will life be like for him once he is released? Bartholomew’s film, The Final Gift, seeks to answer these questions and to make sense of the tragedy that will forever link her to the young man who killed her brother.

The Forgiveness Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Psychology Department, the Criminology Program, and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.   

Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Siben Moot Courtroom, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Followed by a Q&A with:

Dr. Robert Goldman, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice; attorney; supervising psychologist at Riverhead Jail; Founder of Tikkun Long Island

Sascha Schneider, Director of How the Light Gets In, in which the children of Holocaust victims & perpetrators come together

Tamara Meyer, Producer of How the Light Gets In, in which the children of Holocaust victims & perpetrators come together

Thérèse Bartholomew, Director of The Final Gift


Tuesday, October 22, 2013



Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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