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Dutch filmmaker Abdelkarim El-Fassi has made people uncomfortable with his new way of tackling collective guilt - a concept that an entire demographic must be penalised for the mistakes that a few who fit the stereotype, make. This ideology essential is what drives racial and religious prejudices, especially after terrorist acts are committed. It is not new - German collective guilt over the Jewish holocaust is mentioned in psychology texts.
Shot by filmmaker Abdelkarim El-Fassi under the title #Letsunite, the video shows several young children being told they need to apologise for terrorist attacks committed by people from the same ethnic group.
He has a blonde toddler apologize for the murders that Norwegian Anders Breivik committed, as well as a child apologizing for wearing a hat like the terrorists in the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
El-Fassi told The Independent, “I’ve never felt this uncomfortable while directing a video. Sure, it’s totally unethical and pedagogically irresponsible, and yet as a society we’ve practiced this on the macro-level for years. We’ve been talking certain communities into feelings of collective guilt for years. This has to stop, otherwise the problem will fester on for generations to come.”Last Mod: 07 Şubat 2015, 11:36