The City of Berkeley and BAM/PFA will hold a FREE outdoor screening of documentary film, The Hate Man, Street Philosopher, directed by Ivan Jaigirdar
The Hate Man, Street Philosopher is a quirky, entertaining and moving portrait of a Berkeley street philosopher called the “Hate Man”. This 33-minute documentary explores Hate Man’s enigmatic life, including why he chose to quit his job as a successful New York Times journalist, drop out of mainstream society and live in the streets.
Challenging conventional notions of success, conformity, progress and morality, “Hate” lucidly discusses and defends his own “downward mobility” and personal theories of human communication. He emphasizes the importance of acknowledging negativity and critiques the positivist bias of American mass culture. Incorporating scenes of Hate’s acerbic, playful and witty heckling, the film investigates and addresses the religious, cultural and ideological paradoxes of a world where the Preachers of “love” damn us to hell, and the self-named “Hate Man” and his followers teach caring and an acceptance of diversity.
The film will be the centerpiece of an event to celebrate and commemorate beloved Berkeley figure, “Hate Man.” Other activities will include the presentation of a proclamation in his honor.
Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Location: BAM/PFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley, CA