Lourdes to screen documentary The Anatomy of Hate

Posted Feb 10th, 2012 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Community Interest


Lourdes to screen award-winning political documentary The Anatomy of Hate

On Wednesday, February 22, Lourdes’ Student Government Association (SGA) will present The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope by filmmaker Michael Ramsdell of Under the Hood Productions. The film, which won Best Political Documentary at the 2009 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, will screen at 3 p.m. in the Franciscan Center theatre.

A powerful production promoting social change, The Anatomy of Hate reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how humans as a species can overcome them. “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,” shares Michael Bochenek, Director of Policy for Amnesty International.

“We’re very excited to show this documentary on campus,” shares Maria Thomas, SGA President. “The timing could not be any better based on how diverse our Lourdes community has become. We think that the film can help eradicate discrimination and prejudice that can sometimes exist among us by empowering individuals and giving knowledge to not only our University, but our community as well. We hope all who attend enjoy and leave with a sense of hope that things can change!”

The creation of The Anatomy of Hate represents one determined man’s quest for answers to an age-old question: 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,” states 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. 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 and often harsh first-hand footage is interspersed throughout the film with thought provoking interviews by leading sociological, psychological and neurological experts; along with tales of redemption told by former ‘haters’ to show both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all people susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate. The Anatomy of Hate also demonstrates how these very deep human traits make us equally capable of overcoming them, and that’s where hope is revealed. For more information about The Anatomy of Hate, visit http://anatomyofhate.com.

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal arts, nursing, organizational leadership and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Life Lab, Lifelong Learning and Theater Vision. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in baseball and men’s and women’s basketball, golf and volleyball. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Discover us online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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