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'Exterminate All the Brutes' offers a searing second take on US history

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Near the end of "Exterminate All the Brutes," director Raoul Peck's searing four-part historical hybrid about the sordid history of colonialism, he says, "The very existence of this film is a miracle." He's right, less because of its existence, but rather seeing such a sweeping indictment of US history, and the way it has traditionally been taught, in a broad commercial venue like HBO.

(CNN)Near the end of "Exterminate All the Brutes," director Raoul Peck's searing four-part historical hybrid about the sordid history of colonialism, he says, "The very existence of this film is a miracle. " He's right, less because of its existence, but rather seeing such a sweeping indictment of US history, and the way it has traditionally been taught, in a broad commercial venue like HBO.

Known for the James Baldwin-inspired documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" and "Sometimes in April," an HBO drama about the Rwandan genocide, Peck blends those two forms, breaking his sections down with subtitles like "The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance. " The narrative derives inspiration from several scholarly works, including Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. "

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