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Glimmer of Hope

Glimmer of Hope

The death of a child is tragedy enough, but when the cause of death is random, brutal murder, the pain can be insurmountable. In the aftermath of horror, the greatest challenge can be to come to terms with grief and get on with life. The Streufert family is part of a growing movement of victims of violence. Taking healing into their own hands as they try to reach an understanding of the tragedy that has shattered their lives, they confront their daughter's killers. In heart-rending scenes of real-life drama, this film documents the dialogue and its effects over a three-year period of victim/offender mediation, a bold new approach to criminal justice. By meeting the killers of their daughter, they can ask the questions that plague them, hear the killers' version first-hand, and bring a monstrous act and its perpetrators into human focus — all in the hope of coming to terms with inexpressible loss and grief.

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Main credits

Konowal, Charles (film director)
Konowal, Charles (film producer)
Konowal, Charles (photographer)
Konowal, Charles (editor of moving image work)
Lower, Bob (screenwriter)
MacDonald, Joe (film producer)
Brown, Ian (narrator)

Other credits

Cinematography, Charles Konowal, C.S.C.; editors, Charles Konowal, Kenneth George Godwin, Robert Lower; music composer, Glenn Buhr.


Families, Judicial mediation, Legal system, Murder victims, Murderers, Recovery, Rehabilitation; "Glimmer of Hope"; National Film Board of Canada; Charles Konowal;