Moyers goes 'Beyond Hate'

May 13, 1991|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic

"Beyond Hate" is Bill Moyers as video pilgrim on a quest in search of moral enlightenment. As is almost always the case, watching Moyers' TV journey is a challenging and uplifting experience.

The good challenge in "Beyond Hate," which airs at 9 p.m. on MPT (channels 22 and 67), is that Moyers and his producers seek out some of the most enlightened thinkers of our time to talk about hate.

The most recognizable names include Jimmy Carter, Elie Wiesel and Nelson Mandela. They all have things to say that will force you to think hard about your own feelings.

But the words and gestures of less widely known folks are what linger.

Myrlie Evers, commissioner to the board of public works in Los Angeles, and the widow of Medgar Evers, describes how hate made her physically sick after her husband was murdered. "The sounds of 'Dixie' being played . . . the voices of elected officials . . . made this heat from the pit of my stomach just rise through my chest and throat. . . ."

Two boys talk about hate. As the Israeli boy speaks, the Palestinian reaches over and brushes a bug off the boy's shoulder. For a second, you believe there is hope.

The bad challenge to this report is that there are too many recycled video-library pictures used.

What the eye sees is often empty, assembly-line visuals. But what the heart hears is fresh, specific and, sometimes, profound.

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