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Introduction: Documenting Hate (03:09)


Investigative reporter A.C. Thompson revisits the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and uncovers a network of right-wing extremists. He visited the rally to understand the rise of hate crimes during Donald Trump’s presidential administration.

Torchlight Rally (03:43)

Thompson arrived in Charlottesville for what became the largest white supremacist rally in generations. Men bearing torches marched while chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. An anti-racist protestor, Emily Gorcenski, recalls being beaten by Nazi enthusiasts.

Escalating Violence (05:31)

Anti-fascist counter-protesters arrived in Charlotte, and fights occurred. White supremacists attacked people who attempted to block their way, and police did not intervene. A gray Dodge hit protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Thompson interviews her mother.

Presidential Blame (03:15)

President Trump refused to condemn the white supremacists in Charlotte, assigning equal blame to counter-protestors. David Duke and other prominent white nationalists praised the presiden. Thompson interviews Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer.

Neo-Nazi Groups (03:58)

Unite the Right allowed fringe hate groups to converge in the open. An independent report assigned blame to state and local police for disastrous results. Thompson interviews retired FBI agent Mike German.

Rally Ringleader (05:11)

Thompson studies footage of violent rallies and notices the same faces repeatedly appearing. He identifies right-wing agitator Robert Rundo, who was arrested in Charlottesville. He talks to retired probation officer Lowell Smith about white supremacist indoctrination in the prison system.

Rise Above Movement (03:33)

A new generation of white supremacists is pushing its ideology into the mainstream. Rundo appeared at a Trump rally in Huntington Beach, during which he assaulted an anti-fascist protester. Thompson interviews journalist Frank Tristan, who was also attacked, and his editor.

White Nationalist Propaganda (05:31)

Thompson and video producer Lucas Waldron analyze footage to identify several R.A.M. members. Thompson visits group training locations. Sociologist Pete Simi analyzes white supremacist graffiti and discusses the ability of modern hate groups to recruit and blend in.

Violent Group Member (01:56)

Thompson learns that Rundo is in Europe, networking with extremists. A police officer identifies white supremacists Michael Miselis; the graduate student holds a security clearance at Northrup Grumman.

Wave of White Supremacist Violence (05:47)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that hate crimes have reached a five-year high. Thompson examines the murder of Blaze Bernstein. His killer is a member of the Atomwaffen Division.

Attacker Identified (05:04)

Thompson tells Gorcenski that she was named in an Atomwaffen Division chat group. He identifies the man as Vasili Pistolis, a marine. Veteran Ed Beck provides footage of Pistolis committing assaults.

Denial and Intervention (05:16)

Pistolis denies attending the Unite the Right Rally, despite video and photographic evidence; he claims he left the Atomwaffen Division. Thompson interviews U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, who has requested an investigation into the matter.

Credits: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (01:01)

Credits: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

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Documenting Hate: Charlottesville is the first in a series of two films from FRONTLINE and ProPublica that investigates and exposes the resurgence of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Unite the Right rally. This film shows how some of those behind the racist violence went unpunished and continued to operate around the country.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL203079

Copyright date: ©2018

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