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Exterminate All the Brutes

Exterminate All the Brutes, from acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro, HBO’s Sometimes in April), is a four-part hybrid docuseries that provides a visually arresting journey through time, into the darkest hours of humanity. Through his personal voyage, Peck deconstructs the making and masking of history, digging deep into the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism — from America to Africa and its impact on society today.

Based on works by three authors and scholars — Sven Lindqvist’s Exterminate All the Brutes, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, and Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the PastExterminate All the Brutes revisits and reframes the profound meaning of the Native American genocide and American slavery and their fundamental implications for our present.

The series disrupts formal and artistic film conventions by weaving together rich documentary footage and archival material, as well as animation and interpretive scripted scenes that offer a counter-narrative to white Eurocentric history. Through a sweeping story in which history, contemporary life and fiction are wholly intertwined, the series challenges the audience to re-think the very notion of how history is being written.

Exterminate All the Brutes is produced by Velvet Film. Written and directed by Raoul Peck. Executive produced by Raoul Peck and Rémi Grellety.

The Director’s Statement

Writer and director Raoul Peck shares his intentions for creating Exterminate All the Brutes and the significance of this series.

Culture Closeup

Ijeoma Oluo and Raoul Peck discuss the making of Exterminate All The Brutes and the personal significance of the series.

Continue Your Re-Education

What to Read and Watch

Go deeper into the themes explored in the series with this collection of books and films personally curated by writer and director Raoul Peck.

Learn from the Sources

Download this PDF for a selection of the works referenced in Exterminate All the Brutes.


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