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The Search for Truth Versus Meaning: An In-Depth Look into HBO's "Exterminate All the Brutes"


Director Raoul Peck and actor Josh Hartnett. Velvet Film/David Koskas/Courtesy HBO.

America is experiencing a reckoning as more BIPOC filmmakers, artists and writers are gaining momentum in telling their stories for themselves.

Earlier this year, HBO released the four-part series "Exterminate All the Brutes." Written, narrated and directed by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck ("I Am Not Your Negro") and produced by Velvet Film. Peck offers a counter-narrative to White Eurocentric history, focusing from the 12th century Crusades through the Trump presidency.

The genre-bending series is an Afro Futurist approach into re-educating audiences about white supremacy ideology and reimagining the world if other variants played out. Throughout the episodes, Peck splices together historical reenactments/reinterpretations, archival footage, dynamic animation and personal documentation to explain the poignant reality and the historical European perception of Black and Indigenous or "the brutes."


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