Forgive - Don’t Forget, a Journey to Return a Samurai Sword, Airs on Documentary Showcase

Los Angeles, CA, June 11, 2023 --( Scientology Network’s Documentary Showcase, the weekly series providing a platform for Independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues, presents the award-winning documentary Forgive - Don’t Forget.

Documentary Showcase airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Scientology Network.

Forgive - Don’t Forget chronicles the journey by an American to return a Japanese samurai sword surrendered at the end of World War II to the family of its original owner in an attempt to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures.

Co-directed by Brad Bennett, Forgive - Don’t Forget is, at its core, about the connection between two very different cultures and the importance of remembrance. The Japanese sword is a symbol deeply embedded in Japan’s history and spiritual heritage. When an American who inherited a surrendered sword from World War II decides to try and track down the family of the original owner in hopes of returning it, he encounters many seemingly insurmountable barriers. His quest ultimately leads to a better understanding of both American and Japanese culture and helps bridge the gap between the two.

About Brad Bennett

Brad is a Japanese American filmmaker and EMMY®-nominated producer based in Virginia. His first feature documentary, Forgive - Don’t Forget, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Guam International Film Festival. Bennett has been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and by the International Documentary Association. His work has been supported by PBS, Southern Documentary Fund, Virginia Film Office and the UCLA Documentary Film Legal Clinic.

In an interview with Scientology Media Productions for Documentary Showcase, Brad reflected on his work:

“Stories of positivity are very important nowadays … through our film I just want to be able to share hope and the message of forgiveness and how powerful that is for all of us.”

About Paul D. Ufema

During Paul’s senior year in college, he was activated into the US Army and sent to Cuba; it was there he was introduced to video journalism. After returning to the US, he worked in television production. He founded All New Bricks, a successful YouTube channel that specializes in Lego builds, which aides St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Paul shared insight on the underlying cultural significance of the film:

“I was returning a sword to a family and that’s all it was. But it was so much bigger than that ... we would be bridging the gap between two cultures and I think that’s why people are drawn to it.”

About Documentary Showcase

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Documentary Showcase debuts films weekly from award-winning Independent filmmakers whose goal is to improve society by raising awareness of social, cultural and environmental issues.

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