Exterminate All the Brutes: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Exterminate All the Brutes

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While Exterminate All the Brutes perhaps packs a little too much into its limited runtime, it remains a powerful, necessary examination of the horrors of historical colonialism and its lingering impact on the world today.

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Critic Ratings: 27

61%

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User Ratings: 82

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 7, 2021

Examining the intertwined currents of hate and bigotry running through history; exploring how race first became institutionalized, the Nazi program of "elimination" and the looting of the African continent in a "gentlemen's agreement."

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Air date: Apr 7, 2021

Revisiting the stories of Christopher Columbus, the Alamo and the Trail of Tears from an indigenous perspective; examining the "doctrine of discovery," which was used to justify the enslavement of millions.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2021

Looking back at human migration, trade and weaponry; industrialized steel; the endless cycle of militarization throughout history; George Washington's efforts to jumpstart American arms manufacturing; the Monroe Doctrine; Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2021

Exploring the challenge of reconciling America's true history with its ideals of freedom and democracy; linking the modern resurgence of white nationalism to fascism, slavery, colonialism and Nazism.

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Cast & Crew

Raoul Peck
Executive Producer
Rémi Grellety
Executive Producer
Raoul Peck
Writer

Critic Reviews for Exterminate All the Brutes: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Exterminate All the Brutes: Season 1

  • Dec 10, 2021
    Some things I learned from this film was there was just a lot of brutal death and no mercy. One thing I found interesting was how the industrialization and production of arms developed extremely fast. There have been so many genocides over the history of the world and even in the last 200 years, there have been an immense amount of killings. A criticism I have for this film is it was extremely chaotic and the directors seemed to change every 5-10 minutes. Racism became reduced to science with categories that we have strongly discredited today.
  • Dec 10, 2021
    I really enjoyed how pieces of information are delivered with the narrator. In episode 3 the scenes were put together in a pretty confusing way and I had a difficult time following what was really happening. That being said it probably would have made more sense if I had watched the whole season in order.
  • Dec 10, 2021
    I loved the soundtrack because I think it added to the story of the show, enhancing the features, like at the end when Nina Simone, who was an influential black woman activist and musician, sang about a new dawn, enhancing the fact of which racism and oppression is being fought back and diminished. I think it should have been shorter as some might lose interest or become tired continuously watching it, though every detail was power and should be viewed as such. I loved watching history in a cinematic view as it made it more interesting and captivating, I also loved the history it told as some of these things get glazed over and I think it's important for everyone, especially white people, to view such an influential show.
  • Dec 10, 2021
    I watched episode 3, and it was great! I learned about industrial genocide, different inventions that were created to more brutally kill people, and about how public the scientists were racist. I loved the music too, but I'm giving it 4.5 stars only because i wished it was longer.
  • Dec 10, 2021
    (Review for my AP Modern History class) Season 1, Episode 3: I learned about the reasoning and defenses that some "scientists" had in how they differentiated between the races of humans. I learned more about the motivations behind eugenics and who pioneered eugenics, and I learned about the narrator's time around white people with important men and the boy scouts. I really loved the acting and set design, especially in the scene in the hospital/asylum. The scenes that were made specifically for the movie were very powerful. The only real criticism that I have is that sometimes the narrator spoke very low and it was a little bit hard to understand, but with subtitles, that didn't matter. I'm rating this a 4.5/5 stars because it was fantastic, well thought out, effective, and intriguing to watch.
  • Dec 01, 2021
    While I understand the central premise, which was clearly presented in the first five minutes, I dislike dramas presenting themselves as documentaries. Organisms taking over organisms is life. Lions do it. Strawberries do it. Yeah, it sucks for the organisms on the losing side; natural selection happens within species.
  • Sep 04, 2021
    This series is mind blowing. Peck is a brilliant film maker. The broad historical sweep blended with memoir keeps you shifting focus. It is informative and transformative. I wish everyone would watch this.
  • Jul 06, 2021
    Amazing doc on Swedish book (in English) "Exterminate all the Brutes." Not possible to go as deep as a book, but was only place I could find a proper (correct pre-colonization map of Africa) among other things. Highly recommend. Especially for those who can repeat its facts and to those who reject its theory. So please, if the subject makes you feel attacked, like a Trump MAGA, watch and decide. Open your mind.
  • Jun 22, 2021
    "So fresh," in a way that my grandmother would likely "tsk!" and send the offender away from the family table. Simply phrased, WATCH THIS AND SAY NOTHING UNTIL IT IS ALL DONE. Then shut up for about a month. Look at the news with volume OFF. See the pictures. Visit the nearby homeless encampment or shelter. Do a beach or park clean up. Watch what people in the mall buy. Count wildfires. Count your belongings, then subtract things made by slave labor somewhere else in the world. List single use items in your workplace. List all you have done besides pay taxes to mitigate misery. Then ponder the premise of this film. This dose of reality takes a lot of maturity for descendants of slavers, murderers and squatters, like myself, to swallow. To reckon with this picture of our past is a very large dose. It paints Europeans (whites) as a locusts, a scourge upon the world, dragging the mass of "backward" humanity through endless false promises, only to perch upon the heap of bones and declare extinction "inevitable." The binary obsession (heaven or hell, me or him, us or them, mine or not mine) that grips even the well-meaning, blights the slightest encounter with alternate living arrangements (polytheism, nomads, matriarchy, etc.). It is a paradigm we all must consider, not as a political ploy to wrench from the "victors" more spoils (taxes and guilt) but as a soul-cleansing process. No individual is responsible for all of this evil; likewise no individual can mitigate the effects of centuries of human predation on the "other." But individualism does create such a vacuum of accountability that ownership of the resultant misery and shame becomes necessary for any proper understanding of "how we got here" to emerge. Can we recognize achievements while quantifying the cost to others? Maybe not. The great number of readers of this website who reject or give a low score to the show could be feeling bothered by stories of "us" told by "them." After centuries of a dominant culture arcing the narrative in its favor (justifying our ways as the best since we prevailed) facing this counterperspective is hard but necessary, not for some abstract dialectical exercise, but for humility and the chance to positively influence the fates of others in the immediate future. Thank you, Mr. Peck.
  • Jun 08, 2021
    Poorly researched, manipulative, propaganda.

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