veryone wants to talk about their stories,” says Lekha Singh,
an activist, photographer, and filmmaker. In this case, Singh
is referring to the people profiled in Beyond Right & Wrong:
Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, a documentary she produced and co-
directed in 2012. This poignant film addresses the reconciliation
between survivors and perpetrators of violence of some of the
world’s worst conflicts: The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the
Rwandan Genocide, and the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Never taking sides, it focuses on the bridges that former enemies
have built and, in many cases, their newly formed alliances towards
making their communities places of peace. In addition to many film
and humanitarian awards, the American Psychology Association
“Enamed it Best Avant Garde Film. It has facilitated conversations for thousands of people and has been used in marriage counseling, prisons, and hospices. Singh has created a film that can and has
changed lives. With its message of peace and reconciliation, it
should be required viewing in schools around the world.
At the core of Beyond Right & Wrong are people who have felt
betrayed by the environments in which they live. Some solve this by
perpetrating violence; others are on the receiving end. The notion
of groups of people pushed to the edges of society is a common
thread in Singh’s work. With a camera trained on individuals from
around the world, she continues to capture fading cultures and
marginalized populations. These are predominantly traditional
The sitting room showcases pieces from the artist’s travels around the globe.