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

"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."

Image from Facing Fear
Image from Facing Fear
Courtesy of Jason Cohen Productions / Fetzer Institute

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.

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