Investigation Discovery to Air UNLIKELY FRIENDS Documentary, 10/21
Could you forgive your own son's killer? It's an unimaginable question to ask, but one that countless families are unfortunately faced withevery day. In a special world television premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary UNLIKELY FRIENDS, by filmmaker Leslie Neale, Investigation Discovery takes an unflinching look at the intricacies of forgiveness under the most extreme and brutal circumstances. Narrated by actor, activist, and life-long opponent of the death penalty, Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), the one-hour special explores surprising relationships that have blossomed out of violent situations. Through emotional interviews with victims, surviving family members, and the criminals that devastated their lives, UNLIKELY FRIENDS reveals how the power of forgiveness between victim and perpetrator can affect change within the criminal justice system. UNLIKELY FRIENDS premieres Monday, October 21 at 10/9c on InvestigationDiscovery as part of the ID Films documentary strand.
"Given that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world with one out of 32 Americans under judicialsupervision, UNLIKELY FRIENDS couldn't be more relevant," said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Military Channel and Destination America. "This thought-provoking, indeed, controversial documentary offers insight into alternative reform and rehabilitation programs within America's justice system through a series of emotional interviews with bothvictims and their perpetrators.."
"Most of us will never face the tragic task of forgiving a loved one's killer. UNLIKELY FRIENDS exposes this lesser known, but growing receptivity among Americans to show mercy in order to heal," said Neale. "I'm glad to be able to give viewers a chance to see that forgiveness is possible."
While the majority of victims' groups in the U.S. lobby for stricter sentencing, there is a growing faction of people that encourage forgiveness. Through their need to heal, these victims have come face-to-face with their assailants, forcing them to take personal responsibility for the crime. Now, these victims are courageously standing up and even facing societal judgment and ridicule to share their restorative journeys.