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Product Description

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.

Review

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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marie-Cecile Chenu, Jean-Paul Chenu
  • Directors: Olivier Meyrou
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014T8CCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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By terrence buffington on March 1, 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Although this somber documentary, and considering it's subject matter it should be somber, lacks any great cinematic achievement, it still left me with tears running down my face because of the needless suffering of Francois and his family's devastation. I was even moved by the aunt of one of the skinhead perpetrators who knew the horrific circummstances underwhich her nephew was raised and caused this violent , homophobic act.

This is another reminder that we simply cannot allow the revisionist history of Nazi aplogists and their atrocities to fade away, because it still has consequences decades later on how we view and treat people who do not fit the standard mold. I congratulate the filmakers for keeping prejudice and intolerance in the consciousness of the new generations coming after us.
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The film is not at all typical of the portrayal of violence on American television or in most documentaries on related subjects.

It is a film about randomness and violence and the honest divide between event and comprehension. It is a unique and refreshingly "unsatisfying" mapping of the hurt and the destruction a random act of terror causes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael B Messer Jr on November 21, 2014
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