The Anatomy Of Hate: A Dialog to Hope offers an understanding to individual and collective acts and ideologies of hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. For 6 years the filmmaker worked with unprecedented access into leading hate groups and violent conflicts around the world - including White supremacists, Anti-gay radicals, Muslim extremists, settlers and soldiers from Israel, and US forces in Iraq - where he documented the shared narratives found in these conflicts and organizations. By juxtaposing this verite footage with interviews from leading sociological, psychological, and neurological experts the film weaves a mosaic of revelation – showing the biological and emotional mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate, and yet, equally capable of overcoming them.
Mike Ramsdell was born and raised in Flint Michigan. Growing up in a family dedicated to social causes combined with an inherent love of storytelling made directing documentary films a natural fit for him. After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking – he formed Under the Hood Productions with goal of creating films that informed and advanced the collective conscience of today. ‘The Anatomy Of Hate: A Dialog to Hope’ is his second feature film. His first was the award winning narrative ‘Montclair’. He is currently working on a project to stop the trade of conflict minerals in The Democratic Republic of Congo and has two scripts in development.
The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialog to Hope
USA, Iraq, Israel, Palestina
2007, 86', color, video
Ellen Goldwasser, Raul Recuero, Mike Ramsdell
Under The Hood Productions
Festivals & Awards:
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival - Best Political Documentary; Atlanta DOCUfest - Audience Choice Award; Global Issues Film Festival - Best Film