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Forgiving Cain

A film by Garrard McClendon

A film by Garrard McClendon

Narrated by Brad Edwards and Garrard McClendon

In this documentary, Chicago talk show host, Garrard McClendon, tells the story of his parents being murdered just before he goes on-air.  After celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary, Wayman and Ruby McClendon, were killed during a home invasion by two teenaged gang members.  Garrard, his brothers, Duane and Theodore, and the community were devastated by the event and promised to make positive change through forgiveness.

Forgiving Cain is a personal documentary, highlighting the forgiveness of murder.

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The film explores these questions:

  • Can you forgive a murderer? What is the definition of forgiveness? What is the purpose of forgiveness?
  • What is a human being worth?  Is preventing murder a priority?
  • What are 3 things you can do to end murder in the United States? McClendon grapples with this question citing homicide tracking statistics in Chicago over the last 7 years.

Forgiving Cain is presented by Duthga, LLC in association with local PBS stations.

Producers: Garrard McClendon and Debra Fleming

Associated Members

Garrard McClendon, Independent Filmmaker


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture