SUNY Sullivan is proud to showcase independent films promoting social change. Coming up on October 17 is the winner of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2009 for "Best Political Documentary," The Anatomy of Hate:A Dialogue for Hope by filmmaker Michael Ramsdell. This ninety-minute film reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how humans as a species can overcome them.
Anatomy of Hate will screen at 7:00 pm on October 17, 2012 in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan.
"It's a film that challenges, informs, and inspires. An invaluable tool for anyone who believes that the path to peace is through a deeper understanding of our common humanity", said Michael Bochenek, Amnesty International, Director of Policy.
Why do we hate? The film examines some of the most venomous ideologies and violent conflicts of the modern age, including the White supremacist movement, Muslim extremism, Palestinian Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers and U.S. forces in Iraq.
"What I found was, for me, life changing," says Ramsdell. "There was no boogieman, no devil, nor any single person or group of evil at the center of all this violence, war, and hate. Instead I found a planet full of creatures doing their best to fill the void of existence with limited psychological tools, and emotional shortcomings – myself included. And instead of embracing these shortcomings and using them as empathetic links to our fellow men, I discovered that our psyche turns them into mythological monsters that we can project onto others, declaring those 'others' as inferior, evil, or deserving of death."
Gritty, often harsh first-hand footage is interspersed throughout the film with thought provoking interviews with leading sociological, psychological, and neurological experts; along with tales of redemption told by former 'haters' to show both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all people susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate.
However, the film also demonstrates how these very deep human traits make us equally capable of overcoming them, and that's where hope is revealed.
A discussion will immediately follow the screening, with panelists from the SUNY Sullivan community, including: Professors Robert Eiler and Beverly Moore, and students from the SUNY Sullivan Honors Program. The event is FREE and open to the public. Please direct any media inquiries to Jason Upchurch at email@example.com, and for more information visit www.sunysullivan.edu.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS FILM CONTAINS VIOLENT IMAGES THAT MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS.