Exterminate All The Brutes
DIGITAL MEETING WITH RAOUL PECK
In connection with our screening of Exterminate All the Brutes, we will screen a digital talk with Raoul Peck and author and historian of ideas, Dag Herbjørnsrud.
"There is no such thing as alternative facts." – Raoul Peck
From the director of groundbreaking documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016) comes a monumental epic about the history, present, and future of colonialism. Director Raoul Peck has referred to this four-episode documentary as the origin story of white supremacy.
Its title is a quote from Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, later re-interpreted in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). The quote was later thoroughly analysed by Swedish historian Sven Lindqvist, who wrote about the relationship between colonialism and Nazism. In his radical, experimental documentary, Raoul Peck takes us on a revolutionary journey which explores the links from the invading "Pioneers of the New World" via institutionalised slavery in the US, to Hitler’s orchestrated genocide and from there to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Rwandan mass slaughter of 1994.
Exterminate All The Brutes combines classic documentary archive material with quotes and clips from popular culture, interspersed with dramatized thought experiments which illustrate historical events. This four-part HBO series will be screened in full at Films From the South 2021. It will be an unforgettable experience.
"Unorthodox in both content and style […] It may well be the most politically radical and intellectually challenging work of nonfiction ever made for television." – TIME Magazine
Raoul Peck (b. 1953) is an award-winning Haitian filmmaker and previous Minister of Culture. Notable works include the war drama Sometimes in April (2015) about the Rwandan genocide, and Academy Award-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016) about African-American activist and writer James Baldwin.
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Director Raoul Peck
Screenplay Raoul Peck
Cinematography Kolja Brandt, Stéphane Fontaine
Producer Daniel Delume
Cast Raoul Peck, Josh Hartnett, Caisa Ankarsparre, Fraser James, Aïssa Maïga
Production Company HBO Documentary Films, Velvet Film
Runtime 3h 52m
Age limit 15
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.