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Title:
Facing fear
Author:
Cohen, Jason, 1972- , film director.
Publication Information:
[Warren, NJ]: Passion River, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (23 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
In the Academy Award-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Together, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration, and friendship.
Language:
English
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602573023693
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DVD

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In the Academy Award-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Together, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration, and friendship.


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Library Journal Review

A 13-year-old boy, kicked out of the house by his mother for being gay, is forced onto the streets of San Francisco, eking out an existence by selling himself to strangers. He moves to Los Angeles and is brutally attacked by a gang of skinheads and left for dead. Twenty years later, working at L.A.'s Museum of Tolerance, he strikes up a conversation with a volunteer, who turns out to be one of the men who nearly killed him. Improbably, the two men come together to turn an act of unspeakable violence into a teaching experience for thousands of museum visitors. What starts out as a wary collaboration turns into a genuine friendship. VERDICT A moving lesson in forgiveness, this short film is a testament to the power of tolerance and diversity. Recommended for any collection, but especially for younger audiences.-David Gibbs, Lib. of Congress © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Nominated for the Best Documentary Short Subject Academy Award in 2014, this tells an incredible story of violence, forgiveness, and, ultimately, friendship. More than 25 years ago, Matthew Boger, 14, was living on the streets after being kicked out of his home for being gay. While hustling in West Hollywood, he had a late-night run in with a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. The attack ended with the group of 14, including an angry 17-year-old named Tim Zaal, leaving Boger for dead. Years later, Boger was working as the manager of operations at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles when he recognized a new volunteer, Zaal. Hesitant to make contact, Boger was encouraged to face his fears. As the two men slowly became reacquainted and talked openly with each other, they were able to heal the past. They now make joint presentations to student groups in Los Angeles and have become personal friends. The Davida Wills Hurwin novel Freaks and Revelations (Little, Brown, 2009), based on Boger and Zaal's story, would make an excellent classroom pairing with this short film. VERDICT Highly recommended for school and public libraries.-Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library, CA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.