Sign In  |  Shopping Cart Shopping Cart  |  RSS Subscribe to RSS Feed  
Spirituality & Practice
Search This Site
Loading
Find Us On
Follow Me on Pinterest
DonateNow
Sign Up
Conscious Aging Alliance
Conscious Aging Alliance Events
Search Reviews
Title:

Director
First Name:

Director
Last Name:

Keywords:

Medium:
Practice:

Tradition:
About the Database

Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.

Film Review

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Beyond Hatred
Directed by Olivier Meyrou
First Run Features 2005 DVD/VHS Documentary
Not Rated

In 2002, three French neofascist skinheads went out looking for an Arab to attack but instead happened upon Francois Chenu, a 29-year-old gay man. He refused to deny his sexual orientation and was viciously beaten and thrown unconscious in a pond, where he drowned. With no explaining voiceover, French documentary filmmaker Oliver Meyrou plunges us into the grief of his father, mother, and sister "730 days after the murder." They are still having a hard time coming to terms with the loss of Francois and the violent and senseless way in which he died.

Meyrou includes interviews with prosecution and defense lawyers who talk about hate crimes, the violence of the youths involved, and the responses of their families. After the trial and sentencing, the Chenu family reads a letter they sent to the youths who murdered their son in which they advise them to move beyond hatred. It is a very healing act which contains a genuine sense of forgiveness and reconciliation. In a world where hatred and revenge are both tolerated and lionized, this documentary shows that there is another path that can be taken, one that cherishes and reverences human life no matter what. This documentary is highly recommended for its positive modeling of the spiritual practice of forgiveness.

 

Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases

Reviews and database copyright 1970 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
  Email This Review
Share |
Film Awards
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
 
Beyond Hatred
Purchase from: