The Anatomy of Hate
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The Anatomy of Hate reveals the shared narratives found in hat, and how we as a species can overcome them. With unprecedented access to the White Supremacist movement, Christian Fundamentalism, Muslim Extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli Settlers, and US Forces in Iraq... the film juxtaposes this footage with interview from leading social scientists and intersperses stories told by former "combatants" - weaving a tapestry revealing what makes us all susceptible to acts of hate and demonstrates how we are equally capable of overcoming them.
Couldn't get it out of my head. --David Gordon Green, Director, The Pineapple Express
Transcends boundaries of faith, ethnicity, and race. --Jeff Graham, Executive Director of Georgia Equality, LGBT organization
This film, like medical anatomy, cuts to reveal, and in deeply revealing it moves us toward healing. --Dr. Henry J. Richards, Psychology Today
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During the first third, the producers surveyed a few individuals who were caught up in hate - some neo-nazis, anti-homosexuals, a few Israelis and Palestinians, and some U.S. soldiers. Their statements provoked anger in me, and I wanted to hurt some of them. But that was one of the points the movie made. Hatred often stems from fear and anger.
Some psychologist (sociologist or anthropologist) interviewed, made the point that we all have a "shadow" side to us. But rather than recognize the evil potential within each of us, we project it outward, onto others, creating a convenient enemy whom we can attack in a delusional effort to exorcise the wickedness that we ourselves harbor.
Perhaps most frightening, though not explicitly addressed in the movie, our ability to hate and be blind to our own evil, can be manipulated by others - usually political or religious groups. And the fact that otherwise good, decent people can be corrupted and controlled by cynical powers is both disturbing and depressing.
The movie aims to give hope that we humans, as a species, can recover from our evolved capacity to bring harm to one another for the specious of reasons. But I've always believed the old maxim, "If you would have peace, strive for justice." And it is this lack of focus on justice that gives me pause in rating a fifth star for this movie. Still, the movie did so notable instances in which the haters came to an awakened sense of humanity and moral responsibility. In the end, a number came to regret their actions under hatred's thrall.