Exterminate All the Brutes
Exterminate All the Brutes, by acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro, HBO’s Sometimes in April), is a four-part hybrid docuseries offering an expansive exploration of the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism, from America to Africa, and its impact on society today.
Based on works by three authors and scholars — Sven Lindqvist’s Exterminate All the Brutes, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, and Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past— Exterminate All the Brutes revisits and reframes the profound impact of the Native American genocide and American slavery as it fundamentally informs the present.
The series pushes the boundaries of traditional documentary filmmaking by weaving together striking documentary footage and archival material, as well as animation and interpretive scripted scenes that offer a counter-narrative to white Eurocentric history.
Through a sweeping story in which history, contemporary life and fiction are wholly intertwined, the series challenges the very notion of how history is being written.
Exterminate All the Brutes is produced by Velvet Film. Written and directed by Raoul Peck. Emmy winners Raoul Peck and Rémi Grellety serve as executive producers.
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