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Here's a First Look at 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In an exclusive with OkayAfrica, watch a chilling scene from the thriller chronicling an investigation during South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

On March 9, we'll get to see Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker transform into an African great and anti-apartheid activist—Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) and alongside Eric Bana, The Forgiven is an intense thriller based on the real events from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission—a restorative justice body that was assembled in 1996, after the abolition of apartheid just two years prior.


Here's the synopsis:

In 'The Forgiven,' when Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Forest Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he's summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Eric Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal.

Watch the clip below.

Archbishop Tutu says in a statement that this film comes just at the right time.

"This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa," Tutu says. "The film is a tribute to the remarkable and healing power of forgiveness and the outstanding compassion and courage of those who offered love and forgiveness as an antidote to hate and inhumanity. This is not only a film about a certain time and place, it is a pean of hope to humanity at large."

The Forgiven is presented by Saban Films; produced by Joffé alongside Link Entertainment's Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light and Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility. Executive producers include Kim Ashton, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, John R. Sherman, Tannaz Anisi, Greg Schenz, Jeff Gum, Jeff Rice and Lee Broda.

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Forest Whitaker as Desmond Tutu in the thriller film 'The Forgiven,' a Saban Films release. Photo courtesy of Saban Films.

Mpho Tutu on The Forgiven: 'No Person Is Beyond Redemption—No Person Is Unforgivable'

We speak with Mpho Tutu, the daughter of Desmond Tutu, on the new film 'The Forgiven'—in theaters now.

The Forgiven, an intense thriller based on the real events from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, opened in theaters everywhere this past weekend. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker transformed into an African great and anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the film, chronicling a trying time for South Africans as the county began to move forward while gaining justice for those who were greatly impacted by apartheid.

Directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) and alongside Eric Bana, here's the synopsis:

In 'The Forgiven,' when Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Forest Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he's summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Eric Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission not only was an intense period of time for the country, but for Tutu's family as well. Mpho Tutu, Desmond Tutu's daughter, gives us more insight on what that time was like for her and her family, as well as how revisiting the TRC can still be a reliable source of hope for South Africans to continue to move forward today.

Read our conversation below.

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Actress Anika Noni Rose Talks the Glory of African Civilization & Importance of Countering Revisionist History in ‘Roots’ Remake

Actress Anika Noni Rose speaks to Okayafrica about why 1977 critically-acclaimed miniseries ‘Roots’ deserves a remake.

If you haven’t heard already there’s a Roots reboot—adapted from Alex Haley’s 1976 bestselling titular novel—scheduled to premiere on the HISTORY Channel on Memorial Day.

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Watch Nigerian-American Rapper Tobe Nwigwe's Tiny Desk Concert

Joined by his wife and seven-week old daughter, the Houston-based rapper brings his Southern sounds to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Houston-raised, Nigerian-American rapper Tobe Nwigwe is the latest artist to grace NPR's TIny Desk Concert Series.

The artist performed a 5-song medley, backed by a full band and four talented backup singers. The artist was also joined at the desk by his wife Fats Nwigwe and their seven-week old daughter.

READ: Tobe Nwigwe Is the Southern Rapper Making "Purpose Popular."

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Here Are All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'African Giant'

This video breaks down all the African Giant samples & interpolations, including songs from Fela Kuti, Magic System, Naughty By Nature, D'banj and more.

Since it dropped, Burna Boy's highly-anticipated album African Giant has been making waves and getting played on constant rotation all over the place.

The 19-track album, which includes features from Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future, M.anifest, Jorja Smith, Jeremih and more, sees the buzzing Nigerian star delivering several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound as he blends in influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more.

Listeners have also been spotting some of the many samples and interpolations used across African Giant and now, Sample Chief, a platform for African music knowledge, has put them all together in video form.

Read: Sample Chief Selects 5 of Their Favorite Samples

The samples and interpolations across African Giant include the use of Fela's "Sorrow, Tears & Blood" and Angelique Kidjo's "We WE" (in "Anybody"), Naughty By Nature's "Jamboree" (in "Collatelral Damage"), Magic System's "1er Gaou" ("On The Low"), plus many more from the likes of Stereoman, Ududo Nnobi, Blak Ryno, and D'banj.

Check them all out below courtesy of Sample Chief.

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