The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

The Forgiveness of Blood

Directed by: Joshua Marston

USA/Albania | 109 minutes | Unrated


Friday, December 21, 2012, 7pm - 9pm


Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7pm - 9pm

Centered in present-day Albania, a quarrel between neighboring families results in a murder. The ensuing blood-feud turns a son of one of the families into a target for retribution. 

"Set in Albania and using a cast of mostly nonactors, The Forgiveness of Blood centers on the Kanun, a centuries-old Albanian code still in use today. When a simmering land dispute between two families boils over in an act of violence, the Kanun, which governs how such a crime must be atoned for comes into play. As his family's eldest son, Nik becomes a target of retribution. Until that debt is paid - through blood or otherwise - Nik is unable to set foot outside lest he be killed. It's in accordance with the Kanun, yet it's hard to take for a restless, hormonal adolescent, even one used to staying in touch with his friends through texting and social media. This is a tale of tribalism, set in a Facebook world." - Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post.