Director Raoul Peck

23rd April 2021

Raoul Peck makes sweeping, breathtaking, insightful films that marry the political to the personal to tell beautiful stories about the triumphs and failings of the human condition. Born in Port-au-Prince, he is the first Haitian filmmaker ever to have a feature film shown in the US. He’s made both documentaries and feature films including 2000’s “Lumumba,” 2016’s Oscar-nominaed “I Am Not Your Negro” and 2017’s “The Young Karl Marx.” His latest project is a HBO docu series titled “Exterminate All the Brutes.” We revisit our 2018 conversation with the auteur to discuss the difficulty of telling complex political stories, he’ll share his experience as a young boy surviving a dictatorship and why knowledge is the enemy of terror. Plus, he’ll share with us how his father’s story impacted his filmmaking.

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Director Raoul Peck on his life and filmmaking

Raoul Peck makes sweeping, breathtaking, insightful films that marry the political to the personal.
He was born in Port-au-Prince, the son of an agronomist and an aide both working in the political realm. As a young boy his family fled the Duvalier dictatorship and joined his father in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As a director, he’s made both documentaries and feature films. That includes 2000’s Lumumba about the assassinated Congolese leader, Patrice Lumumba, 2016’s Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro which vividly reworked the writings of the late James Baldwin and 2017’s The Young Karl Marx—a biopic about the German philosopher’s young adulthood.
His latest project is Exterminate All the Brutes, an HBO docuseries. Based on the book by Sven Lindqvist, the film delves into the destruction and desolation caused by European colonialism in places like Australia, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

 

We revisit our 2018 conversation with Raoul Peck to discuss the difficulty of telling complex political stories, he’ll share his experience as a young boy surviving a dictatorship and why knowledge is the enemy of terror. Plus, he’ll share with us how his father’s story impacted his filmmaking.
This interview originally aired in 2018.

 

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