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Political documentary 'The Anatomy of Hate' to screen March 13

February 14, 2013

AnatomyOfHateEAU CLAIRE — The award-winning political documentary "The Anatomy of Hate" will be shown twice March 13 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The 90-minute film reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how humans as a species can overcome them. A 3:30 p.m. screening, open only to UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, will feature a special director talkback with the film's director, Michael Ramsdell, immediately following the screening.

Due to limited seating, free tickets will be required and must be picked up at the Service Center beginning Feb. 15 by showing a Blugold ID. One ticket will be allowed per person.

An additional 7 p.m. show will be open to the public and campus community with no ticket required. Ramsdell will not be present for this screening.

The film represents Ramsdell's quest to answer the question: Why do we hate? It 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.

Gritty, often harsh firsthand footage is interspersed throughout the film with thought-provoking interviews with leading sociological, psychological and neurological experts. Also included are 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. However, the film also demonstrates how these very deep human traits make us equally capable of overcoming them, and that's where hope is revealed.

"I am thrilled to have Mike Ramsdell and 'The Anatomy of Hate' come to UW-Eau Claire," said Brian Carlisle, dean of students at UW-Eau Claire. "Mike's film truly is a 'dialogue for hope' as it explores ideologies of hate in politics, religion, sexuality, and racial and national identity. Unfortunately, on our own campus, our students have been victims of racism and hate. Through this film and other campus programs, I hope we will come together as members of one Blugold family to explore ways to overcome hate and to not focus on what makes us so different, but rather to focus on the things that make us so similar."

The screening of "The Anatomy of Hate" is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Chancellor's Office, Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office, University Centers, and Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center.

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