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In September 2002, three skinheads were roaming a park in Rheims, France, looking to "do an Arab," when they settled for a gay man instead. Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu was beaten and drowned. This is the story of his family's response to the crime.

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Filmmaker Olivier Meyrou talks about the responses the Chenu family received from François's killers.

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A shot of the park where François was killed is onscreen while François's sister narrates what happened.

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The Chenu family convene in the park where François was killed and hold a moving candlelight ceremony in his honor.

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François's parents read their letter to the three men who killed their son.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmaker Olivier Meyrou talks about the Chenu family, and how he structured his film according to the form of mourning.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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Film Information

Beyond Hatred (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 30, 2009

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Filmmaker: Olivier Meyrou Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Filmmaker Statement | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Olivier Meyrou
Olivier Meyrou

This family was so extraordinary in their way of dealing with their grieving process that I felt I had to refocus the project and describe their long road toward recovering from their loss.”

— Olivier Meyrou, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

An example of a film whose style doesn’t merely suit its story but amplifies its meanings.”

— Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Paced like a drama, imbued with a spellbinding intimacy, and impressionistic in its visual portrayal of crime and punishment...”

— John Anderson

Movingly accompanies the family of Francois Chenu, a gay man murdered by three skinheads in 2002, down the road to forgiveness. Charged drama!”

— Leslie Felperin,

Tomatometer: 89%”


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