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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User Ratings: 32

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Air date: Apr 7, 2021

Filmmaker Raoul Peck examines the intertwined currents of hate and bigotry running through history. Focusing on the United States' legacy as a colonial power, Peck explores how race first became institutionalized, the Nazi program of "elimination" and its antecedents in the West, and the looting of the African continent in a "gentlemen's agreement." Series premiere.

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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, Raoul Peck shows how "official" history is shaped by those in power and solidified by myth and popular culture. Later, he examines the "doctrine of discovery" used to justify the enslavement of millions of Africans and questions his own story within these narratives.

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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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Tv Season Info

An expansive exploration of the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism, from America to Africa and its impact on society today.

Cast & Crew

Raoul Peck
Executive Producer
Rémi Grellety
Executive Producer

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Critic Reviews for Exterminate All the Brutes Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (15)

More than 1,000 years of genocidal events are a lot to consume, but Peck creates a cohesive journey that shows how original sins manifest into present-day racial injustices.

Apr 7, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A striking piece of nonfiction work that has the intellectual rigor of an advanced history course.

Apr 7, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This show is direct where Peck's other films, like the corruption story Fatal Assistance or Murder in Pacot are circuitous...

Apr 19, 2021 | Full Review…

It is literally a film in Peck's voice, and that strength, and that audacity, also gives rise to its artistic peculiarities.

Apr 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Exterminate All the Brutes makes an electrifying instruction manual.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Exterminate All the Brutes is at once epic in scope and intimate in focus, held together by the strength of Peck's vision. One series alone can't rewrite history, but it can attempt to serve as a rallying cry.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Exterminate All The Brutes is a messy series that isn't sharp enough to fulfill its potential.

Apr 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Exterminate All The Brutes is both compelling and jumbled, and inextricably wedded to current reckonings.

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Has a lot to say about a part of Western civilization's history that absolutely needs to see the light of day.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

This is generally a history most of us know on a superficial level. But Peck goes deeper into it as a living truth beyond just facts and figures.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Peck's experimental impulses, which are at the very least captivating, also get in the way of coherence...

Apr 7, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a whirlwind of meaning about how the world got this way, a moral and philosophical appeal to reason, wrapped up in a documentary best viewed unhurriedly, in order to let it all sink in.

Apr 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Exterminate All the Brutes: Season 1

  • 52m ago
    It's frightening how many well educated professional reviewers gave this racist propaganda film a good score. Profound inaccuracies abound including that Europeans are the only people who have ever enslaved based on race; has Peck ever heard of Moses and enslaved Jews in Egypt? He claims the basis of white supremacy and the justification of race based slavery in Europe was established in the middle ages, I suppose he never read Leviticus (you know, the Bible book that American slave holders actually said was the basis of godly possession of slaves). I was curious about the book the show is based on and tried to find a review in academic history journals. I couldn't find one. It was quite apparent after reading several reviews of academic history books that this drivel wouldn't be considered serious enough to warrant review. I imagine critics rationalize that a person from a historically disadvantaged population cannot be racist. Or perhaps they would argue that it is history told from a non-traditional POV. However, it's not a different POV; it is a purposefully distortion to justify anti-white bigotry. Hate is hate people, it's as simple as that.
  • 3h ago
    An artful, astounding, and powerful sort of documentary. I say "sort of" because of the infrequent but brilliant use of allegorical and "what if" concepts used to provide occasional contrast to enlighten the viewer. These are clearly indicated as such. What I found so compelling and was to see so many events that I have read about compiled with connections that are are so artfully if horrifically, assembled. It presents a new and powerful narrative that is frighteningly obvious. It is clear also, that it shows an obvious narrative that had been systematically, if not thoroughly, erased. That very lack of thoroughness comes from the pride of those who had documented their victorious success at subjugating and eliminating these perceived inferior people. I have no doubt that there will be many (mostly [Christian] and white) who will dismiss this as lies and propaganda as there will be those (mostly POC) who will view this as "not going far enough." So in that, I will not be surprised by a lack of unity of approval, as I would also expect that there will be those who don't like the truth, simply because it is too disturbing - despite its validity. I am always amazed at how easily people dismiss facts that support the obvious. When they realize that something such as white supremacy is not real but instead a "created idea and construct" that was built by violence and aggression and supported by artificially created fears that continued it, they refuse to accept it. No one wants to accept that their comfort and privilege are built on the backs of hundreds and thousands of exploited, enslaved, and murdered people. This will not be accepted by them because they might have to relinquish that privilege that was built on the horrific and inhuman treatment of others. It is a brilliant compilation of historical filmed and photographed events, and those that preceded the invention of the camera, are re-enactments of events that had been documented but suppressed. There are a few of these scenes that are more allegorical but those are identified by obvious anachronisms such as modern/contemporary clothing and the like. As with any story being illuminated like this, the perspective of the teller (Peck) is always going to be present. But instead of trying to pretend that a personal perspective is precluded, Peck takes a brilliant and proleptic approach, including his story, to highlight his perspective in a way that includes it but also takes the perceived bias of his life and makes it one example of many rather than the sole perspective. This series is a masterpiece in the world of great art. A beautifully painted and compiled work of cinematic beauty and aggregated horrors from history. My impression of intent is that, ideally, we can learn from to accept it, and move forward with new knowledge and perspective to drive actions, rather than deny it or seek vengeance because of it. I'm saddened by the realization that this will be a long way off.
  • 2d ago
    The premise is that European Christian men have committed mass murder and genocide in the name of the superiority of the white race and Western Civilization. The message this man intends to send is that history is still alive and past are not forgotten and should not be forgiven. The opinion of this filmmaker is that the wrong brutes were exterminated, but that can now be rectified. This series is the most dangerous film for anyone who is loves peace and liberty because it promotes hate. I take it as a harbinger of what is to soon befall our nation if reasonable people don't stand up against this vitriolic propaganda.
  • 2d ago
    It would've been better if they took out the propaganda. Not everything is a lie, of course, but there's some emotional manipulative tactics I did not appreciate.
  • 2d ago
    Should be mandatory viewing.
  • 4d ago
    Slipshod treatment of history and disjointed narrative. Pretty bad watch
  • 5d ago
    This is effectively a propaganda piece. What it cannot find with actual historical primary sources or footage, it makes up with literal filmed acting in order to get characters to say the evil things it needs them to say (because true history fails the filmmaker on that front). It highlights a number of atrocities over time, but robs them of their very necessary context in order to push an incredibly dangerous viewpoint that will do nothing but embolden misinformed, resentful people who already hold the viewpoint the film is trying to push. Documentaries are perhaps my least favorite genre, because of how manipulative they are in nature (abusing juxtaposition, music, editing, and in this case even acting to push their narrative), but this came highly recommended so I gave it a shot. Would not recommend. It is not only filth, but dangerous filth meant to sow discord based in untruths.
  • Apr 14, 2021
    Very beautifully-made series that interweaves historical fact (presented and interpreted through animation, reenactments, and narration) with the filmmaker's personal experiences and fears as a Black man in a white supremacy dominated world.
  • Apr 12, 2021
    Powerful. Gave lots of historical references and explanations
  • Apr 11, 2021
    Harrowing. A history often forgotten.

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