Reconciliation Commission

The so called rehabilitation of the criminal, as well as pave the way for a reconciliation without resentment or exemplary punishment. For that it is necessary first of all to explain the term UBUNTU, which, by one of those ironies of life in the 21st century, is best known in the community of Linux developers, as free software. This is because his main patron Mark Shuttleworth (South African) resorted to disclose it, and with him of course also its philosophy. The word ubuntu which is from zulu and xhosa. It means, broadly speaking, humanity, sense of community and is also understood as a universal loop that links to all human beings. The literal translation of Ubuntu is: I am by that you are fit to say that the relationship of human beings with their environment has its roots in the African concept of the universe in a holistic view of the cosmos. Human part at all and does not exist, as in most Western cultures, a very developed concept of the individual as something that separates it from the world.

On the basis of the definition of Ubuntu, which commits a crime, therefore, deviates from mankind, or stop human beings. But at the same time that action has an effect in all human beings that we are part of the cosmos. Therefore the only way of restoring the balance is to humanize the perpetrator in the film in my country based on the book by the journalist Antje Krog Country of my Skull starring Juliette Binoche and Samuel Jackson, describes the work of the truth and Reconciliation Commission. Although framed in a production at the Hollywood in which do not lack their usual ingredients, it conveys the idea that lies behind the processes. With the motto of truth in exchange for Amnesty urges all those targets, belonging mostly to the old regime which practised Apartheid which had been denounced as perpetrators of torture and murder, to appear before a court that could also assist families of the victims, to give his version of events. Condition: must be the truth. Scenes harrowing and carried to the screen with a chilling realism perpetrators recounts the last moments of life of their loved ones to relatives of the victims.

During many of the stories, however, several of the same perpetrators are giving account of the dimension of their actions and they begin to demonstrate feelings, they are crying and an unfeigned regret attacks prey. Is this process that could be called re-humanisation? The fact is that that demonstrated after such experience, both perpetrators as victims can return to again look in the eye without hatred. In some cases, the children of the victims agreed to be adopted by the perpetrators. Although it sounds like fantasy and fairy tale, there is no greater eloquence than the truth. And the fact that this is possible and real should be a cause for reflection before that of doubt and distrust Desmond Tutu, stated in his address to the opening of the processes: … There is a new vision of the world, a new conception of life that was born in South Africa for our times. Simply just trust her.