Hate crime inspires “Facing Fear” movie

The Academy Award®-nominated documentary short by Jason Cohen recounts a brutal beating and the victim's surprising reconciliation with his attacker 25 years later.

Matthew Bolger (left) and Tim Zaal (right) in Facing Fear. Photo courtesy Facing Fear.

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In “New Beginnings” (July/August 2014), Matthew Bolger talked with writer Chris Benghue about how he survived a brutal beating by a group of teenaged neo-Nazi skinheads, and the chance encounter with his attacker 25 years later that led to forgiveness, and even a kind of friendship.

Inspired by the two men’s journey, film director Jason Cohen adapted the story to the silver screen in an Academy Award®-nominated documentary short, Facing Fear. The film retraces the two men’s upbringings, the attack, and the events that ultimately brought them to reconciliation. Watch the film’s trailer below, and visit the film’s website for more information.

“Facing Fear” Trailer from Jason Cohen Productions on Vimeo.

Visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance website for more information about stopping intolerance and hatred.

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