South of Forgiveness by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger is the remarkable story of rape and subsequent forgiveness by both the survivor and the perpetrator.
Both Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger tell their remarkable story that started in Reykjavik with teenage infatuation, developed into rape and finally ends with forgiveness, with Tom travelling from his home country Australia. We follow both Thordis and Tom as they commit to exploring the event that had come to define both of their lives.
After exchanging hundreds of brutally honest emails over eight years Thordis and Tom decide to meet up in South Africa. A country that is no stranger to violence and the healing power of forgiveness.
South of Forgiveness is a true story of resilience, courage and of finding hope from tragedy.
This story is an unprecedented collaboration between survivor and perpetrator. At times the story telling jumped between the past and present leaving a disconnect that was sometimes annoying.
South of Forgiveness has a 4 star rating. Compelling story but a little clumsy in the format.