American cable news network MSNBC is readying an hour-long special from New York’s Part2 Pictures that will follow a reformed white supremacist as he attempts to atone for his past transgressions.
Breaking Hate (pictured) will chronicle the journey of Christian Picciolini on his mission to stop the hate-filled movement he once helped build – one year after the fatal white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The far-right Unite the Right rally in August 2017 turned deadly after a man named James Fields ploughed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, claiming the life of 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer.
The one-hour documentary will see Picciolini bring together a former white supremacist who participated in the Charlottesville riots with Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro. Together, they begin a larger conversation on the issues dividing the country and discuss how to start healing the wounds of tragic events.
“Hate is on the rise in America, it’s emboldened, normalized, and destroying lives,” said Picciolini in a statement. “I’ve dedicated my life to pulling people out of hate. I know how these people think and how to help because I used to be one of them.”
“Watching America become more divided every day, it’s easy to feel powerless,” added Amy Bucher, SVP of programming and content for Part2. “Christian’s work couldn’t be more urgent, and we are so glad to be able to show that his method and his message – that hate can be broken if we sit down and talk to each other – has the power to change lives.”
Part2′s Bucher and David Shadrack Smith serve as executive producers on the one-off.
Breaking Hate premieres Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across MSNBC.