Confronting The Truth


Confronting the Truth (75 min) tells the human stories behind the truth and reconciliation commissions in Morocco, Peru, South Africa and East Timor.

In the past few decades, some countries emerging from political turmoil have chosen to move forward by looking back. They believe massive human rights abuse can't simply be forgotten — it needs to be aired & acknowledged so victims can regain their dignity, and society can be rebuilt.

Revealing how commissions work, this documentary explores what they can and cannot achieve, and what impact they have on the communities they serve.


Featuring: Nobel Peace Prize laureates & former commissioners, Rev. Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos-Horta, as well as courageous testimony from victims.

Produced for the U. S. Institute of Peace in 2004.