(RNS) — Filled with sex, violence and profanity, it may not be the feel-good movie of the summer.

And Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv is careful to note it’s not a redemption story.

But Nattiv’s new film, “Skin” — inspired by the true story of Bryon Widner’s departure from white supremacy — is, at its core, a story about good and evil and people’s capacity to change.

“I really wanted to tell a story that deals with forgiveness and acceptance,” Nattiv said.

It’s hard to ask people to forgive, the Israeli filmmaker said. But acceptance is a different matter. If you can’t accept someone who wants to leave hate behind, he said, you don’t give them a chance to change.

And Widner wanted to change.

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