(Courtesy FacingFearMovie.com)

Bay Area filmmaker Jason Cohen’s documentary short “Facing Fear” follows the unlikely reconciliation between a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay man he brutally assaulted. Twenty-five years after white supremacist Tim Zaal beat homeless teenager Matthew Boger nearly to death, the two men met by chance and began a journey toward forgiveness and understanding. We talk with Cohen and Zaal about the film, which has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Guests:
Jason Cohen, producer and director of "Facing Fear"
Tim Zaal, consultant for the Simon Wiesenthal Center Task Force Against Hate

  • Guest

    At the heart of homophobia is latent homosexuality. A man does not fear another man’s sexuality unless he knows it could give rise to the same impulses in himself.

  • rsaunders68

    In doing a google image search, there are many photos of Matthew and Tim together. Tim looks fairly uncomfortable in all of them. Is that the case?

  • sue

    Can’t wait to listen to this episode!! Happened to see the documentary this year at the Mill Valley Film Festival, and Tim and Matthew came out for a Q and A after the film. It was one of the most powerful and moving experiences I can remember in my life.

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