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In the documentary BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES, filmmaker Peter Bisanz talked with dozens of religious leaders, politicians and luminaries, among them, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Bill Moyers sat down with Archbishop Tutu in 1999 to discuss his chairmanship of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. You can watch that entire interview here online.

And, explore additional highlights from BILL MOYERS JOURNAL and the Moyers Digital Archive — from former nun turned scholar of religion Karen Armstrong to Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference to Jonathan Miller creator of the film series A BRIEF HISTORY OF DISBELIEF.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been a tireless voice for justice and racial reconciliation. In 1984, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the struggle against apartheid. Archbishop Tutu discussed the draining process of facing his country's past as he chaired the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in his conversation with Bill Moyers:

Tutu explains:

What I did learn were, as with two contrary things, that one was to be overwhelmed by the depth of depravity to which we can sink. That's the one side. And that bowls you over.

But that's not the only truth that comes out because the other thing that the commission revealed is that people are incredible. People are a glorious creation; that just as much as we have the extraordinary capacity for evil, so we have a remarkable capacity for good.

When you listened to people who by rights ought to have been bristling with anger and resentment showing that magnanimity, that willingness to forgive. That's tremendous.

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Bill Moyers Journal presents the film BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES which explores the common threads that unify the world’s religious traditions.

In this 2007 series Bill Moyers talked with some of the provocative voices assembled at the PEN World Voices Festival and others grappling with issues of faith and reason. View the entire series online and explore many perspectives on topics like faith and science, myths and sacred texts, and more.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of the world leaders interviewed in BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES. Watch Bill Moyers' 1999 discussion with Tutu about chairmanship of the South African Truth and Reconciliation.In addition, view additional selections on faith and spirituality from the Moyers Digital Archive.

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