Welcome to Building Bridges for Peace

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the IRA Bombing in Brighton.


 Building Bridges for Peace Presents:

30 Years On: ‘Beyond Right and Wrong’ and the Brighton Bombing

This wonderful documentary will be screened on:

October 12th 2014 


The Old Market, Brighton.

Tickets for the film can be purchased from www.theoldmarket.com

Following the film, there will be a discussion chaired by Simon Fanshawe where questions can be put to the panel of Jo Berry, Patrick Magee and Jean Paul Samputu of Rwanda.

The film ‘Beyond Right and Wrong’ shares the story of Jo Berry’s reconciliatory journey with Patrick Magee, the man responsible for planting the bomb which killed her father and four others. They have had many conversations over the last 13 years and have spoken publically in many countries around the world. Jo explains, ‘‘I have been focusing on bringing something positive out of the absolute trauma of losing my father in the bomb. I would like the anniversary to be an inspirational day showing how we can use empathy and dialogue to transform conflict and create a different future.

I have asked Pat to be there with me on this occasion to help me to demonstrate how two people who could be enemies can sit and listen with respect to each other’s story and achieve an understanding of the ‘other’ so that peacebuilding can begin. Ours is story which shows that demonization leads to violence but that peace can be achieved when we see the humanity of all.’

The documentary also explores other narratives that shed light on the path from tragedy to reconciliation for survivors of conflicts in Rwanda and Israel-Palestine. Produced by Lekha Singh and co-directed by Singh and Roger Spottiswoode, this transformative film has won many awards (Best Avant Garde Film, American Psychological Association; Best Documentary Film, Fingal Film Festival; Runner-up for Best Documentary, LA Jewish Film Festival; Social Impact Award, The Collective) and has attracted worldwide attention. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the film to the General Assembly before they adopted a far-reaching resolution for the peaceful mediation of conflict.

We do hope that you will join us in this commemoration. For more information about the anniversary events, please visit our News Page.