Thou Shalt Not Hate

Thou Shalt Not Hate is about an Italian doctor, son of a Holocaust survivor, whose path crosses with a family of neo-Nazis. It is a film about how we deal with the inheritance of hate, and what we might be willing to sacrifice to see the cycle end.

Simone is a dashing, middle-aged doctor, who is mourning the recent death of his father, with whom he had a very complicated relationship. He unexpectedly is the sole witness a hit and run, and begins to attend to the victim. But as he finds the man to be covered in swastika tattoos, he stops, stands back, and simply waits for the ambulance to arrive. The victim dies, bleeding out.

Simone struggles with guilt over the coming days, and looks up the guy’s family. He has a daughter in her 20s who has returned to care for her brothers, one a teenager, one just a child. They are broke and scrambling to make ends meet. So when the daughter, Marica, starts working as a cleaner, Simone hires her to do his flat.

What starts off as a wary and tentative act of amends, deepens into something more real. Despite violent resistance from Marica’s teenage brother, this seemingly uncrossable divide begins to shrink with humanising interaction.

Thou Shalt Not Hate is not a fairytale of resolution but a drama about how we make hate one step at a time, and how we can unmake it the same way. There are no guarantees, the effects carry on across generations, and there will never be a final victory or final defeat, but every choice makes a difference, and every choice is in our power to make.