Beyond Hate

Facing Hate


Beyond Hate

Hosted by Bill Moyers

Produced & Directed by Lucy Swingler

First Aired: PBS, 1991

Facing Hate

A discussion with Elie Wiesel

Hosted by Bill Moyers

Photography: Joel Shapiro

Editors: Joel Katz & Tim Greenberg

Produced & Directed by Catherine Tatge & Dominique Lasseur

First Aired: PBS, 1991



Bill Moyers

Elie Wiesel

Nelson Mandella

Jimmy Carter

Vaclav Havel

Tom Metzger

Monster Kody

Máiread Corrigan Maguire

Myrie Evers-Williams

Li Lu


Production Studio:

Television: International Cultural Programming & Public Affairs Television for WNET & WTTW

Video: Athena



Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Resolution: 480i

Codec: MPEG-2

Disc Size: DVD-9

Bit Rate: Moderate (ca. 4.5~6.0 Mbps)

Runtime: 96 / 57 minutes

Region: 1



English Dolby Digital 2.0


Subtitles: Optional English


Bonus Features

Facing Hate - an interview with Elie Wiesel (57 minutes)

  1. Biographies

  2. 10-page booklet



DVD Clamshell Case: DVD

Street Date: May 14, 2013


Program Overview [Athena]:

As ancient as Cain and Abel, as recent as yesterday’s headlines, hate has many faces: racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sectarianism, domestic violence. What are its roots? How can we cope? What does hate do to us—and for us? Moyers talks with philosophers, historians, authors, activists, those whose lives have been shaped by hate, and those who have dedicated their lives to going beyond hate.


About Bill Moyers [Wikipedia]

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years. Moyers has had an extensive involvement with public television, producing documentaries and news journal programs since the mid 1980s including The Power of Myth series, The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis, NOW with Bill Moyers, Faith and Reason, Bill Moyers Journal, and Moyers & Company. He has won numerous awards and honorary degrees. He has become well known as a trenchant critic of the U.S. media. Since 1990, Moyers has been President of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy.


Critical Press

Audiophile Audition

This is a profound and important documentary that in many ways is even more vital to the world today than it was when originally broadcast in 1991. . .Moyers tries to cover every face of hate in the world, including racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sectarianism, domestic violence, even neighbors violence to one another. He and his guests analyze the types of hate, the relationship between hate, anger and fear, and discuss what hate is doing to us. There are clips from school classroom discussions on hate and some revealing statements from a member of the Crips gang in Los Angeles. Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Jimmy Carter are also represented [and] America’s most notorious hatemonger: Tom Metzger—a TV repairman in California who ran the White Aryan Resistance group. . .The program features a philosophical discussion in depth. The documentary concludes with a quote by Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel that what is needed is for people to have a “messianic moment”—to find truth without pain or cruelty. - John Sunier



Bill Moyers DVD releases are pretty regular affairs these days - Acorn Media and its Athena imprint drop at least two or three of them every year - and if anything, they're all testaments to the newsman's consummate ability to richly investigate his subject matter. Whether he's simply interviewing notable persons or taking on grander gestures, as he does here on this Beyond Hate set, Moyers is a reliable, steady force, and his interest in his topics is contagious. That being said, the material at hand on Bill Moyers: Beyond Hate is pretty dark stuff. Attempting to illuminate the sources of modern hate and how both culture at large and individual humans react to it, Moyers focuses on a theme as harrowing as it is innate to the human experience: how does one comprehend and react to the evils that men do?



Image & Audio

Despite the advisory at the start of the film cautioning the viewer about the state of the variable-to-poor video quality, the great majority of the presentation is just fine. Only archival news footage suffers to any extent, as you can see in some of these screen captures. An unremarkable audio track made remarkable by its rarely needing subtitles to aid in our understanding.


Extras: 8

Most importantly, Athena includes an hour-long companion feature, Facing Hate, a conversation with Moyers and Elie Wiesel that develops some of the themes of Beyond Hate from the personal perspective of the world's most famous survivor of the Holocaust. Also included is a 10-page viewer’s guide with articles on histories of hate, the Anatomy of Hate conference, famous quotations about hate and watchdog organizations fighting against hate + biographies of Bill Moyers and of selected program participants.



Recommendation: 9

“Hate” is a subject very dear to my heart. From my earliest memories it has always mystified me, whether the hate was felt as directed at me or emanating from me. In my later adult years I came to think of “hate” as something that we call a behavior, motivated by rage, impotence or fear. I tend to believe that except of the rare case of a “monster” people are not born with hate, but rather “hate” is a learned response to the psychic conditions just named. I also believe that human development is at present (i.e., for the past few thousand years) at a crossroads between those of us that are more or less paranoid and those that are not. The former are given to what we call hate. The latter are their victims.


Given how much thought I had put into this question over the years, I was most interested to hear from people whose business it has been to confront hate in far more powerful ways than I have - to hear what they have to say on the subject. For as someone wiser than I has said: we feel comfort with those who agree with us, and growth with those who differ. The one thing we all seem to agree on is that “hate” is a social disease. Beyond this, the viewpoints shared on both of these features should be required viewing and post-viewing conversation.


Leonard Norwitz

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May 28, 2013

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