“Healing From Hate” Streaming Virtually at an Event Hosted by Collaboration in Chicago

“Healing From Hate” is a new documentary from filmmaker Peter Hutchison. The first virtual screening of this work will be co-hosted by the Chicago theatre group Collaboraction. You will be able to access Healing From Hate by visiting the Together Network, Collaboraction’s new platform designed specifically for interactive online programming. The streaming will take place from 11 pm CT Wednesday, December 9 through to midnight CT Sunday, December 13. Ticket prices at set at $9.99 and are available at www.collaboraction.org/together-network.

More About Healing From Hate

The documentary is titled, “Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation” which examines the work of former extremists in their efforts to de-radicalize White Nationalists and heal communities that have been damaged by racism. The 85-minute video features the work of Life After Hate, the Sammy Rangel founded organization that engages in transforming attitudes of intolerance. Rangel, a former Skinhead, and neo-Nazi formed the group with assistance from groundbreaking sociologist and author Michael Kimmel. Kimmel is best known for the books “Angry White Men” and “Healing From Hate.” The documentary traces a full year of hatred in America and digs into the root of the racism issue to reveal what is needed to return meaning, identity, and tolerance to a generation of disenfranchised white men.

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What Others Are Saying About Healing From Hate

The Los Angeles Times said this about Healing From Hate: “At a time when the rhetoric of a certain leader in power has awakened supremacist groups, the documentary should be mandatory viewing.” Forbes Magazine referred to Healing From Hate as “a powerful reminder of the racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice still deeply ingrained in American society.” The magazine went on to explain how it “examines how the current administration perpetuates this divisiveness through fear-mongering.” Online source www.commonsensemedia.org called the film, “Thoughtful and compelling, Healing From Hate makes a powerful case for compassion and empathy as the best tools to lead members of hate groups away from their extremist ideologies.” It went on to add, “It’s a message that’s easy for the soft-hearted to swallow, but it doesn’t make this film comfortable to watch.” CBS News simply called it “a hopeful expression of how hate does not need to be the end of the road.” Healing From Hate was an Official Selection at the Documentary New York City (Doc NYC), Big Sky Doc (Missoula, Montana), Docs MX (Mexico City, Mexico), and Docs Valencia (Spain) film festivals.

National Wide Screening Campaign

The stop in Chicago is just the second of several already planned for December. Healing From Hate was screened November 9 to 11 as part of the Glimmerglass Film Days event in Cooperstown, NY before partnering with Collaboration for its first virtual run in Chicago from December 9 to 13. Other dates scheduled this month include a virtual screening December 10 in Eugene, OR sponsored by the Eugene Human Rights Commission, an appearance at the Docs Valencia Film Festival in Spain from December 10 to 19, a return to New York from December 18 to 31 sponsored by WISE (Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality) and a stop at the University of Tokyo in Japan on December 22. There are several more screenings scheduled into early 2021 and more are coming once partnerships have been finalized.

More on Sammy Rangel

In a nutshell, Rangel is an author, social worker, peace activist, speaker, trainer, and father. His autobiography “Fourbears: The Myths of Forgiveness” traces his life from childhood physical and sexual abuse that led to a path of self-destruction that resulted in spending over 15 years in prison. In 2012, he founded Formers Anonymous a self-help group for those addicted to street life and violence. Rangel is currently the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Life After Hate. This Chicago-based non-profit organization focuses on assisting those trying to leave the violent far-right and connect with humanity to lead compassionate lives. Rangel also serves on the board of Collaboraction.

More on Life After Hate

Launched in 2011, Life After Hate resulted from the gathering of a group of former violent extremists and is committed to one cause – to work with anyone wishing to leave a hate group with a solid exit strategy that is offered to both men and women. Life After Hate has helped over 500 people and families to escape the grip of hate groups all across America. To find to more about Life After Hate, visit them online at www.llifeafterhate.org.

More on Collaboraction

Collaboraction is a Chicago theatre group that was formed to provide social change through the messages of their works. This is done through original theatrical experiences that are created to cultivate dialogue and action around the most critical social issues happening throughout the Windy City. The new member-supported Together Network launched by Collaboraction provides exclusive virtual content. Founded in 1996, Collaboraction has worked with over three-thousand artists to present over 60 productions and events to push artistic boundaries. Over 150,000 audience members have attended these events. Other programs accessible through Collaboraction include their weekly Crucial Connections (Thursday nights at 8 pm CT), and their Prodigy Workshop. To find out more about the group, you can follow Collaboraction on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


Peter Hutchison’s newest documentary, “Healing From Hate” is available virtually in the Chicago area for a limited run. Tickets to view the 85-minute video cost $9.99 and are available by visiting www.collaboraction.org/together-network. The virtual screening runs from 11 pm CT Wednesday, December 9 through to midnight CT Sunday, December 13. The production features Chicago’s Sammy Rangel, a former member of several hate groups who is now a nationally celebrated peace activist. Healing From Hate documents a year of hatred in America visiting many shootings and other acts of violence that chronicle what hatred can do if left unchecked. The video also presents solutions to combat violence and return society to a better place. Healing From Hate is a must-see that is only available to view virtually for a limited time. Be sure to order your tickets today at www.collaboraction.org/together-network.

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