Healing From Hate: Free Film Screening & Discussion

Join Community Justice Initiatives, in partnership with the Laurier Wellbeing in Film Forum, for a free screening + discussion of the film "Healing From Hate".

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Sulah at Community Justice Initiatives and the Laurier Wellbeing in Film Forum are pleased to invite you to a free public screening of HEALING FROM HATE by filmmaker Peter Hutchison followed by an intimate community discussion. This collaboration seeks to invite community into an open and supported conversation around identity-based harm and its impacts on the social determinants of health. We want to witness this film and talk about it with you!

Please note this film contains discussions of and depictions of violence, hate and other challenging content. T here will be trained, supportive CJI staff in attendance to provide 1:1 debriefing.

The film will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions from the audience.

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Opening + Research Talk
6:30 PM - 8:00PM - Film Screening
8:00 PM - Moment for those observing Ramadan to break fast
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Community Discussion

HEALING FROM HATE examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of those battling intolerance on the front lines, including Life After Hate, an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis, now engaged in transforming attitudes of intolerance. Documenting a stunning era of hatred in America, HEALING FROM HATE follows these reformers in their work to de-radicalize White Nationalists, and heal communities torn apart by racism.

Established by a group of former neo-Nazis and Skinheads, Life After Hate was initially envisioned as a support network for those attempting to transition back into the mainstream. But with hate on the rise, the group began to focus on community engagement and direct interventions as well. These compelling “formers”, all with deeply moving stories of their own, carry a uniquely personal understanding of the roots of hate – and an equally unique approach to working with active “movement” members that’s grounded in empathy and compassion.

Although HEALING FROM HATE is anchored in the American context, hate is part of a profound challenge across Canada too and with the influence of the era of Donald Trump - as well as the tragedies of Charlottesville, Parkland, Pittsburgh and El Paso as well as right here at home in London, ON and Watetrloo Region - the stakes have only intensified. In these times when civil discourse has perished, HEALING FROM HATE seeks to shine a light on the roots of hatred, and courageous work of those who have made their way back from violent extremism – with an eye trained on what’s needed to return meaning, identity and tolerance to a generation of disenfranchised white men.


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