Exterminate All the Brutes (miniseries)
|Exterminate All the Brutes|
|Written by||Raoul Peck|
|Directed by||Raoul Peck|
|Music by||Alexei Aigui|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||59-60 minutes|
|Original release||April 7 –|
April 8, 2021
Exterminate All the Brutes is an internationally co-produced documentary miniseries revolving around colonization and genocide, directed and narrated by Raoul Peck. The series consists of four episodes and premiered in the United States on April 7, 2021, on HBO. It premiered in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2021, on Sky Documentaries. The series takes its name from Sven Lindqvist's book with the same name, on which it is partially based, a phrase which Lindqvist in turn borrowed from Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, in which the quote "Exterminate all the brutes" appears.
In the series premiere, "The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance," filmmaker Raoul Peck sets out to illuminate 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."
In the second episode, "Who the F*** is Columbus," Peck revisits the stories of Christopher Columbus, the Alamo, and the Trail of Tears from an indigenous perspective, showing how "official" history is shaped by those in power and solidified by myth and popular culture. Next, he examines the "doctrine of discovery" used to justify the enslavement of millions of Africans and questions his own story within these narratives.
In the third installment of the series, "Killing at a Distance or... How I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Outing," Peck looks back at human migration, trade, and weaponry, and shows how Europeans used industrialized steel to conduct warfare from ever-greater distances. Then, he explores the endless cycle of militarization throughout the centuries – from George Washington's efforts to jump-start American arms manufacturing, to the Monroe Doctrine, and finally, to the horrors of the bombing of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In the series finale, "The Bright Colors of Fascism," Peck explores the challenge of reconciling America's true history with its ideals of freedom and democracy, pointing to the struggle for native representation and the legacy of slavery in institutionalized racism today. Reflecting on his time in Berlin, Peck links the modern resurgence of white nationalism with fascism, slavery, colonialism, and Nazism.
- Raoul Peck as himself, the narrator
- Josh Hartnett as White Man, a recurring representation of colonialism.
- Casia Ankarsparre as Chieftain Ya'Hoo Cuchee, a recurring representation of indigenous women.
- Richard Brake as General
- Alex Descas
- Bakary Sangaré
- Denis Lyons as Lee
- Eriq Ebouaney
- Stefan Konarske as Nurse
- Shane Woodward as Reporter
- Aïssa Maïga
- Fraser James
- Ettore d'Alessandro as Nobleman
- Habib Diakhaby
- Edward Arnold as Missionary
- Zinedine Soualem
- Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
- Sven Lindkvist as himself (archive footage)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance"||Raoul Peck||April 7, 2021||0.081|
|2||"Who the F*** is Columbus?"||Raoul Peck||April 7, 2021||0.125|
|3||"Killing at a Distance or...How I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Outing"||Raoul Peck||April 8, 2021||0.137|
|4||"The Bright Colors of Fascism"||Raoul Peck||April 8, 2021||0.136|
Raoul Peck began working on the project after an executive at HBO agreed to produce a documentary of his on any topic. The series is based on the books Exterminate All the Brutes by Sven Lindqvist, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Silencing the Past by Michel-Rolph Trouillot.
In February 2020, it was announced Raoul Peck would direct a 4-episode documentary series revolving around colonization and genocide for HBO, with HBO Documentary Films set to produce, with Josh Hartnett set to star as the lead in scripted scenes.
Exterminate All the Brutes received positive reviews from the critics. It holds a 84% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 25 reviews, with a weighted average of 8.25/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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." On Metacritic, the series holds a rating of 83 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
|Gotham Awards||November 29, 2021||Breakthrough Nonfiction Series||Exterminate All the Brutes||Nominated|||
|Cinema Eye Honors||March 1, 2022||Outstanding Nonfiction Series||Raoul Peck||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Broadcast Editing||Alexandra Strauss||Nominated|
|IDA Documentary Awards||March 4, 2022||Best Multi-Part Documentary||Raoul Peck, Daniel Delume, Rémi Grellety, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Jamie Morris, Jack Oliver, and Poppy Dixon||Won|||
|Directors Guild of America Awards||March 12, 2022||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries||Raoul Peck||Nominated|||
|Golden Reel Awards||March 13, 2022||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary||Séverin Favriau, Emeline Aldeguer, Daniel Irribaren, and Vincent Maloumian||Nominated|||
|Peabody Awards||June 6–9, 2022||Documentary||Exterminate All the Brutes||Won|||
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