THE Forgiveness of Blood an amazing authenticity directed by Joshua Marston features the victim of adult pig-headedness Nik (Tristan Hallilaj), a fun-loving but ambitious teenager whose plans to open an internet cafe are cut short when his father Mark (Refet Abazi) gets into a fight with a neighbour who inherited land Nik’s family have passed through for generations.
Mark stabs the man to death, forcing him to go into hiding and leaving his family targets for a vendetta. In particular, the killing triggers an age-old law dictating that the injured party has the right to seek retribution by killing a male from the murderer’s family.
However, the law also states that if the targeted family keeps respectfully out of sight then they will be allowed to live - a horrendous situation which condemns the mother and her children to penury and ruins Nik’s chance of meeting his friends, finishing school and pursuing his romance with a lovely classmate.
While Nik wallows, building a gym on the roof of his home and fighting with his little brother, his younger sister (Sindi Lacej) becomes the family’s sole provider, taking over the bread-delivery business in the face of threats from aggrieved family.