Private Project


A woman grieves her mother's brutal murder while trying to find the strength to forgive the murderer. He was sentenced to life in prison but is reviewed for parole every year, continuing the cycle of grief and anger.

  • Stephanie Spangler
  • Phil Gioja
    The Old Courthouse, The Phoenix: Hope is Rising, V for Vulnerable, The Building Block
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 19, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    1920x1080 30p
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Director Biography - Phil Gioja

Fueled by a passion for storytelling and helping others from a young age, Phil Gioja crafts short and feature documentary films sharing glimpses of hope and goodness with others.

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Director Statement

"Forgiveness" sheds a bright light into the dark corners of our hearts, asking us how far we would be willing to go to forgive. It's a gut-wrenching reminder that God is our avenger, and that forgiveness is for those who forgive.