In 2002, three French neofacist skinheads went to a public park in Rheims, looking for an Arab to attack when they came across Francios Chenu, a young gay man. When he refused to deny his homosexuality when taunted with gay slurs, he was viciously beaten and thrown unconscious into a pond, where he drowned. In this deepky moving, award-winning documentary, Chenu's family reflects on the murder of their 29-year-old son and courageously tries to move beyond feelings of hate and revenge. Filmed in classic verite style, without unecessary exposition or narration and in a non-sensationalist manner, Beyond Hatred explores the social and pyschological roots of homophobia and similar hate crimes, and demonstrates the emotional maturity that enables the rare human quality of forgiveness.
Powerful, emotionallly intense. Simply but boldly constructed....loaded with tension. --The BBC
Flawlessly directed...powerful without being preachy. --SF Indiefest
Emotional yet straightforward, it leaves you not with a sense of grief for what happened, but with a sense of hope in humanity. --OnMilwaukee.com