Junior High movie makers produce film

Sonya Burns, Emma O'Carroll, Mayor Craigavon BC Cllr Mark Baxter, Paul Moorhead, Marina Moorhead and Thomas Glass.
Sonya Burns, Emma O'Carroll, Mayor Craigavon BC Cllr Mark Baxter, Paul Moorhead, Marina Moorhead and Thomas Glass.

Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre was packed to the rafters with over 200 people at the recent premiere of ‘A Step too Far’ produced and directed by three film makers from LJHS TV.

The film investigates the role of forgiveness in the process of Peace and Reconciliation through powerful personal stories, from here and from the Amish Community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The event was managed by the Southern Partnership’s ‘Investing in Our Future’ priority supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The film challenges everyone to think about the idea of forgiveness as an alternative to revenge - a belief that is synonymous with the Amish Community in the United States.

Director of the film Paul Moorhead, who is a former teacher at LJHS and a Christian himself, said “The Amish don’t find it any easier than anyone else to forgive, but it’s in their Christian psyche.

“They are absolutely convinced that forgiveness, whether it is sought or not, is the only positive way forward for victims and families.”

The film provides a thought provoking opportunity for local communities, individuals and groups to challenge what role they can play in reconciling our communities through the power of forgiveness.

The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern ireland and the Department of Finance in ireland.

The PEACE III Programme is worth 333 million Euros and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation.

For more information visit www.seupb.eu