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The Anatomy of Hate (2009)

Reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. For six years the filmmaker worked with unprecedented access ... See full summary »


Mike Ramsdell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Barrett ... Narrator (voice)
Kerry Noble ... Himself
Terrence Deacon Terrence Deacon ... Himself
Fred Phelps ... Himself
Sheldon Solomon Sheldon Solomon ... Himself
Shirley Phelps-Roper ... Herself (as Shirley Phelps)
Margie Phelps Margie Phelps ... Herself
Rick Smith Rick Smith ... Himself
Sam Keen Sam Keen ... Himself
Billy Roper Billy Roper ... Himself
Elik El Hanan Elik El Hanan ... Himself
Bob Fenton Bob Fenton ... Himself
Yoni Mendel Yoni Mendel ... Himself
Galula Ershkovitz Galula Ershkovitz ... Herself
Doron Lopez Doron Lopez ... Himself


Reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. For six years the filmmaker worked with unprecedented access to some of the most venomous ideologies and violent conflicts of our time including the white supremacist movement, Christian Fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers, and US Forces in Iraq. By juxtaposing this verite footage with interviews from leading sociological, psychological, and neurological experts, and interspersing stories of redemption told by former "combatants", the film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate, and demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them. Written by Anonymous

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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Terrible film
4 April 2017 | by cdale-83673See all my reviews

This film is totally and unabashedly biased against Palestinians. They are portrayed as terrorists, period. It's the same old narrative that Jews are victims just defending themselves. There's NO appreciation for the history of Palestinian struggles to maintain their culture and homelands as the Jewish state was created. Really pathetic. And the glorification of the American military in Iraq is so sappy and nationalistic, so totally devoid of any coverage of the Iraqi people and culture - it's disgraceful. And covering Fred Phelps and his merry band of gay-haters? Come on. Give me a break! This minuscule segment of the American population is irrelevant - except if you want to give air time to sensationalist BS. The part of the film that's supposed to be about "dialog of hope" is so hokey it's unreal. Swelling music, and footage of allegedly redeemed people who have somehow moved beyond their previous prejudices. A bunch of trite supposedly feel-good clips cobbled together that are somehow about the possibility of moving beyond hate. Historical context and political realities are ignored. This is the worst kind of pseudo-liberal sophistry. I reviewed the film in hopes that I might use it to shed sociological light on hate groups. I was terribly disappointed and appalled at how shallow and biased it is.

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