This Crazy Thing Called Grace

Desmond Tutu and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Director of photography: Craig Matthew
Director: Joelle Chesselet
Editor: Ronelle Loots
© Doxa Productions 1997
Duration: 40 minutes

This Crazy Thing Called Grace focuses on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's role as chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and his attempts to bring people together in a spirit of forgiveness. The film explores Tutu's synthesis of politics, liberation, Africanness and Christian faith in the context of a South Africa in transition. The film starts with the inauguration of the Commission in December 1995 and Tutu's visit to ex-president P. W. Botha in November 1996. It combines interviews with Tutu and archival film material from Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, notably hearings in East London, Mouse KwaNdebele and those resulting from the killing of seven youths in Gugulethu in 1986.