Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

A Song Called Hate

Year: 2020
Country: ICELAND
Language: English, Icelandic, Hebrew, Arabic
Run Time: 90 minutes

A Song Called Hate
A Song Called Hate
A Song Called Hate

In 2019 the Icelandic anti-capitalist and BDSM techno group Hatari (meaning “Hater”) won the honor of representing their home country at that year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. As pro-Palestinian artists who had just been handed a global platform in the middle of Israel, they clearly had much to contend with before their performance. Although they first saw the success of their outrageous, leather-clad band and ironic single Hate Will Prevail as more of a “joke gone too far,” the band understood any decision they made would be accompanied by a host of political and artistic implications. Do they boycott the contest? Or participate and disrupt? If so—how? Does intent matter without action? Can one engage in a system while attempting to dismantle it? Through criticism and support, A SONG CALLED HATE documents Hatari’s journey from Iceland to Israel, the West Bank, and back, all along questioning the multi-pronged role of artists and to what level they are responsible for engaging with the world at large. (In English and Icelandic with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Democracy's Heroes

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Anna Hildur

Anna Hildur

Anna Hildur, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Baldvin Vernhardsson

Olly Stothert

Principal Cast
Matthías Tryggvi Harladsson, Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, Einar Hrafn Stefánsson

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