“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
Nobel Peace Prize Winner – Eli Weisel
Given current events, the importance of this program cannot be understated. With hate crimes and hate group activity in ascendancy, and an alarming vitriolic shift in public discourse around issues of race and nationalism, the question so many seem to be asking is “how did we get here, and how do we turn back the tide?”
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About the Filmmakers
Tony McAleer spent 15 years in the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements – evolving from a skinhead to a leadership position in the White Aryan Resistance. Infamously, he was instrumental in ushering in the internet as a tool for recruitment and propaganda, for which he was arrested in violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act in 1994.
Tony’s exit from the movement was followed by years of therapy and soul-searching, exploring issues around trauma and identity. He was instrumental in founding Life After Hate in 2011, an organization created to support people in existing hate groups.
Now a sought-after expert in the field of violent extremism, Tony has worked closely as a consultant and advisor to law enforcement and government. He shared his story as part of the TED Talk series in 2022. He is the author of the book “The Cure For Hate: A Former White Supremacists Journey From Violent Extremism To Radical Compassion”, and is featured in the award-winning documentary “Healing From Hate: Battle For The Soul Of A Nation”.
Peter Hutchison is an award-winning filmmaker, NYT bestselling author, educator & activist.
His films include “Requiem for the American Dream: Featuring Noam Chomsky” – an exploration of wealth inequality in the US; “Healing From Hate” – an examination of hate group activity as seen through the lens of masculinity; and “Devil Put the Coal in the Ground”, a holistic look at the ravages of extractive industry and corporate power in West Virginia. His longstanding commitment to issues around male identity has resulted in the trio of films “You Throw Like A Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity”, “Angry White Men: Masculinity in the Age of Trump” (Grasshopper), and “The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump”. His new book “The Invisible Doctrine: The Secret History of Neoliberalism” – in collaboration with George Monbiot – is being published by Penguin Books spring 2024. He holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Systems Dynamics.