Dutch video by El-Fassi challenges collective guilt

A new video by Dutch filmmaker Abdelkarim El-Fassi challenges peoples ideas of collective guilt.

Dutch video by El-Fassi challenges collective guilt

World Bulletin / News Desk

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.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Şubat 2015, 11:36