October 10th, 2012
SUNY Sullivan set to screen and discuss ‘Anatomy of Hate’
LOCH SHELDRAKE - SUNY Sullivan is proud to showcase independent films promoting social change. Coming up on October 17th 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 p.m. 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’.
However, the film also demonstrates how these very deep human traits make us equally capable of overcoming them, and that’s where the message of hope is revealed.
A discussion will 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. This event is free and open to the public.