Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney are teaming up to produce a a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate.
The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled Why We Hate.
The series will investigate the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The subject is a topic Spielberg has been longing to explore. Spielberg had this to say in a statement:
“Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are. With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling around the globe to uncover its mystery in others and in ourselves. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.”
Utilizing research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, Why We Hate traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion.
Gibeny then spoke about what kind of series this will be:
“This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry — an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity. Hate is in our DNA. If we begin to understand this, that’s how we begin to get to a point of being able to hope that we can overcome hate.”
Over the course of the six episodes, the series will aim to answer three questions: the why behind hatred; where the emotion originates; and how, if amplified, can we find a way to prevent it?
Chief Brand Officer of Discovery and Factual Nancy Daniels had this to say on the show:
“Understanding the why behind our actions can help us change those actions. That leads to a hopeful future for us and generations to come.”
Why We Hate is an Amblin Television and Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel. Executive producers are Spielberg, Gibney, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch. Exec producers for Discovery are Jon Bardin and David McKillop
Why We Hate will air on Discovery in 2019.