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This week’s Drop is consumed by hate. The site of the world’s largest massacre is explored in Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution. Louis Theroux investigates our reactions to this powerful emotion and returns to talk to the Phelps family of Westboro Baptist Church in Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family, and attempts to justify acts of terrorism are examined in ISIS: Origins of Violence.
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LOUIS THEROUX ON HATE
The Drop on BBC Select brings you the thoughts of writers, filmmakers and more. This week, we confront the enmity as we examine the most destructive of human emotions: hate.
Who do you hate? A murderous warlord who lives in luxury and kills indiscriminately? A Western leader who watches dispassionately as the poor get poorer? Iconic British documentary maker Louis Theroux suggests that, in all probability, you’re more likely to hate a random shopper in the supermarket who just gets in your way. Contemplating his own experience of being sent to the back of the queue, Louis asks: why do we find ourselves blindsided by powerful emotions, often when we least expect it?
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SURVIVING AMERICA’S MOST HATED FAMILY
It’s been over a decade since the genial but exacting British filmmaker Louis Theroux first encountered The Phelps family of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. The family’s rabid doctrine and unbridled hatred towards gay people and American soldiers made them infamous. Memorably, Theroux interviewed various members of the extended Phelps clan as they carried out inflammatory picketing and ranted bigoted proclamations at the funerals of servicemen. But quite a lot has changed for this community in Trump’s America: de facto leader and self-proclaimed prophet Pastor Fred Phelps is no more, having died in 2014 amid rumors of mental illness and excommunication. So what happened when this notorious hate group lost its patriarch?
AUSCHWITZ: THE NAZIS AND THE FINAL SOLUTION
By 1942, the site of the largest mass-murder the world – Auschwitz – had been established in order to slaughter thousands of innocent people. This landmark series presents a history of the infamous concentration camp, detailing its evolution from a detention centre for political prisoners, to a place of extermination synonymous with the horror of the Holocaust. Across three programs, the series reveals the hatred shown by the camp’s commanders towards their fellow men and women. Including reconstructions, computer graphics and interviews with former SS members who lived through it, it scrutinises the regime’s attempts to organize mass-murder on an unimaginable scale, uncovering the true horror of the Nazis’ attempts to execute the ‘Final Solution’.
ISIS: ORIGINS OF VIOLENCE
ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and by its Arabic acronym Daesh, has shocked the world with its fundamentalist terrorism and acts of extreme violence. Yet the former al-Qaeda splinter group claims its abhorrent actions are justified by the tenets and scriptures of Islam. In this brave and powerful film, British historian Tom Holland crosses Europe and the Middle East, travelling from Paris to Istanbul and from Iraq to Egypt to examine ISIS’s interpretation of creed-based ideas, including the establishment of a caliphate. After exploring how the group has twisted and translated teachings from the Quran to justify threats, torture and a hate-fuelled dogma, he asks: can philosophical truths really be found in any violent jihadist doctrine?
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