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A Song Called Hate

If people don’t unite, hate will prevail
The Icelandic band Hatari is used to provoking everyone and everything, but at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel they have the opportunity to call out the whole world - that is if they want to.
Hatari claim to be driven by a mission to end late capitalism. Their selection to represent Iceland at Eurovision is audacious, but now they must confront the true cost of taking their message to a global stage. Faced with the political context of a non-political Eurovision song contest, hosted in Israel with occupied territories on the doorstep, Hatari decides to take a stand. Ultimately, A Song Called Hate asks what is the role of the artist and do they have a responsibility to engage in politics? If so, do intentions even count, without actions? With unique access, this documentary examines how these young artists cope, both on and off stage, and how they can navigate criticism, when it comes from all sides. With a mission to penetrate the high gloss and shiny show-business of Eurovision, Hatari are forced to accept that everything they do might just be read as irony, because is it even possible to participate within a system while simultaneously rejecting it?
Original title
A Song Called Hate
English title
A Song Called Hate
Year
2020
Country
Language
EN
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
90 min
Age rating
15+
Release date CZ
05. 8. 2021
Release date SK
24. 6. 2021

Festivals
National
Scandi
International
Göteborg
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Cinematography
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Awards

Göteborg FF
Nominee | Best Nordic Documentary
2021
Reykjavik IFF
Icelandic Panorama
2020

Media reception

Toisto
"A superbly timely and smart documentary about the necessity of both art and the politics that drive it."
Modern Times Review
"Everything is politics."

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