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Beyond Hatred

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PBS Premiere: June 30, 2009


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 fought back fiercely, but he was beaten unconscious and thrown into a river, where he drowned. The acclaimed French vérité film Beyond Hatred is the story of the crime's aftermath; above all, of the Chenu family's brave and heartrending struggle to seek justice while trying to make sense of such pointless violence and unbearable loss. With remarkable dignity, they fight to transcend hatred and the inevitable desire for revenge.

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TAGS: france, hate crimes, lgbt, murder

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Film Information

Beyond Hatred (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 30, 2009

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Trailer: Link | Embed

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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