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'Facing Fear' focuses on former neo-Nazi skinhead and gay victim of hate crime

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"The words and what I saw were far more painful throughout my life than the boots and the blades." says Matthew Boger in filmmaker Jason Cohen's documentary short film "Facing Fear."

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The 23-minute documentary is an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short Film this year.

It focuses on Boger, who was the victim of a savage hate crime attack as a teenager by a group of Nazi punks and through chance met one of his attackers 25 years after the incident.

The attacker, Tim Zaal, who was a Nazi punk with a 16-inch mohawk at the time, later became a white supremacist neo-Nazi skinhead.

"This is our therapy" says Zaal of working with Boger. "If I can change, anybody can change."

In the film, Boger says he has truly forgiven Zaal, who has since left behind his ties to the white supremacist neo-Nazi skinheads. The two are now friends who give presentations together to students in the Los Angeles area.

Edited by the award-winning Tom Christopher with cinematography by Svetlana Cvetko (Academy Award-winning "Inside Job"), Cohen's short film offers an insightful look at the incident that brought the men together and its affect on their lives.

Fore more info visit: http://www.facingfearmovie.com

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