New Internationalist

Beyond Hatred

April 2007

Three young French skinheads murder François Chenu, a young gay man.

Three young French skinheads, influenced by the extreme Right, go out one evening to beat up Arabs, but instead murder François Chenu, a young gay man. Meyrou’s unusually unintrusive cinéma verité documentary focuses on the dead man’s family talking about this – to the camera, and with prosecution and defence lawyers. They talk about their son and brother, and with understanding about the killers – who’ve known little else than prejudice and neglect, and have little more than their own hatred of other people and image of themselves as vengeful warriors.

Meyrou never shows us an image of Chenu, or of the killers. His film is a universal study of the meaning of justice, equality and respect, but also a grave and deeply moving tribute.

This column was published in the April 2007 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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