Forgiven / Forgotten

A stranger in need, a community in turmoil, an offender in their midst.

When a family finds out that an offender will be serving his parole in their community, they are forced to choose between closing their doors or reaching out to those in need.

“Forgiven/Forgotten” is a fast paced, heart-wrenching drama that examines how our culture responds to those affected by crime.

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Written and Directed by Johnny Wideman

Original score by Jason McDowell

Commissioned by Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Restorative Justice Program


Controversial and thought provoking; and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
— City TV, Toronto
Forgiven/Forgotten was one of the most astounding expressions of “living justice” I have experienced in art form.
— Margot Van Sluytman, Poet, BA, MA, csja
Art, in this case, did not imitate life, but photocopied it; and the discussion following the presentation were just as real.
— Offender John M., Bowden Federal Penitentiary
— Canadian Mennonite
Spreading a positive message on stage.
— Rogers TV