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This latest Bill Moyers TV-on-DVD set is a bumpy ride, but well worth the investment....
Acorn Media / 87 Minutes / 1991 / Unrated / Street Date: May 14, 2013
Bill Moyers DVD releases are pretty regular affairs these days - Acorn Media and its Athena imprint drop at least two or three of them every year - and if anything, they're all testaments to the newsman's consummate ability to richly investigate his subject matter. Whether he's simply interviewing notable persons or taking on grander gestures, as he does here on this Beyond Hate set, Moyers is a reliable, steady force, and his interest in his topics is contagious.
That being said, the material at hand on Bill Moyers: Beyond Hate is pretty dark stuff. Attempting to illuminate the sources of modern hate and how both culture at large and individual humans react to it, Moyers focuses on a theme as harrowing as it is innate to the human experience: how does one comprehend and react to the evils that men do?
Moyers travels to South Central Los Angeles, to Jerusalem, to other locales that have been firebrands of particular instances of modern trauma and isn't afraid to ask the hard questions. Compared to other Moyers TV-on-DVD sets from the last few years, he may not be able to wrap things up cleanly (this is certainly a topic that cannot easily be ironed out), but Beyond Hate is nevertheless another in a long line of exceptional Moyers entertainments from Athena - the Power of Myth fanclub will be fascinated and transfixed by it.