Filmmaker Raoul Peck on ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’

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Director Raoul Peck and Eddie Arnold in “Exterminate All the Brutes.” Photo by Velvet Film/David Koskas/Courtesy HBO

After filmmaker Raoul Peck made his award-winning James Baldwin documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” he had a lot of suitors in Hollywood. But it was HBO that didn’t blink when Peck explained what he wanted to do next: a project about colonization, extermination and genocide. That evolved into a four-part series that zigzags through 700 years of colonial history.

Peck describes how he blended archival footage, animation, home videos and scripted sequences to create “Exterminate All the Brutes,” his personal meditation on white supremacy through the ages. 



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