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aka AU-DELa DE LA HAINE
USA: First Run Features
UK: Peccadillo Pictures
Director: Olivier Meyrou
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 85 mins
UK: 86 mins
USA Release Date: 15 June 2007 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 30 March 2007 (Limited Release - London, ICA)
On September 13 2002 a racially motivated murder was committed in Reims, France by three skinheads. They purposefully targeted their victim with the intention of "doing an Arab". Francois Chenu, a self assured gay man was beaten unconscious and was found drowned in a nearby pond. The murderers were quickly apprehended and bought to trial.
French filmmaker Olivier Meyrou documents the trial and subsequent repercussions on the family and how their feelings changed from initial anger to forgiveness. He remains focussed on the words and feelings of those trying to move 'Beyond Hatred'.