Preview Discussion Guide

Table of Contents:
1) Letter from the Filmmaker
2) Discussion Guide
3) Role Play Scenarios
4) Film Transcripts

The film discussion guide is built on the following three principles:

STEP 1 – UNDERSTANDING

The first set of questions and discussion points is designed to re-examine and articulate the different mechanisms which the film offers as main contributors to emotion of “hate.”

STEP 2HOPE through Empathetic Connections

The second set of questions and discussion points is designed to have the audience,
collectively and as individuals, make a human – connection with those in the film, even those with whom they adamantly disagree. Once this connection is made, hope is born.

STEP 3 – ACTION

These questions and dialogue points are meant to re-iterate ideas from the film, as well as
explore other examples and ideas of how we, as individuals and a species, can work to
overcome the reactionary system of “hate”.

Example exercise:

UNDERSTANDING

OBJECTIVE #1 – Understand how the human mechanisms: Fear, Cultural identification, and Shadow projection create situations of contention, violence, war, and hate.

FEAR Topic Explorations –

- How does fear play a role in Hate?
- What ways do people respond to Fear that lead to violence, war or hate?
- How is fear in an environment of war (actual violence) different from symbolic fear (God’s punishment)? How are they the same?

Discussion Prompts –

- The film presents “FEAR” as a key element to an act of hate. How was Fear consciously and unconsciously at work in the subjects and environments explored in the film?
- When Sheldon Solomon says, “Fear is a good thing when it comes to keeping the angry lion from biting your butt, but the problem is when it becomes symbolically motivated?” What does he mean?
- How does the brain work differently in an environment of fear? (does a non-specialist audience have a basis to know this?)