Exterminate All the Brutes
Based on
Written byRaoul Peck
Directed byRaoul Peck
Music byAlexei Aigui
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4
Executive producers
  • Raoul Peck
  • Rémi Grellety
  • Nancy Abraham
  • Lisa Heller
  • Jamie Morris
  • Poppy Dixon
  • Jack Oliver
  • Daniel Delume
  • Sara Rodriguez
CinematographyStéphane Fontaine
EditorAlexandra Strauss
Running time59-60 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseApril 7 (2021-04-07) –
April 8, 2021 (2021-04-08)

Exterminate All the Brutes is an internationally co-produced documentary television miniseries revolving around colonization and genocide, directed and narrated by Raoul Peck. The series consists of four episodes and premiered in the United States on April 7, 2021, on HBO.[1] It premiered in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2021, on Sky Documentaries.[2] The series takes its name from Sven Lindqvist's book with the same name, on which it is partially based,[3][4] a phrase which Lindqvist in turn borrowed from Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, in which the quote "Exterminate all the brutes" appears.


The series follows colonization and multiple genocides, and the effect of both, alongside imperialism and white supremacy.[5]



No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance"Raoul PeckApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)0.081[6]
2"Who the F*** is Columbus?"Raoul PeckApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)0.125[6]
3"Killing at a Distance or...How I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Outing"Raoul PeckApril 8, 2021 (2021-04-08)0.137[7]
4"The Bright Colors of Fascism"Raoul PeckApril 8, 2021 (2021-04-08)0.136[7]


Raoul Peck began working on the project after an executive at HBO agreed to produce a documentary of his on any topic.[8] The series is based on the books Exterminate All the Brutes by Sven Lindqvist, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Silencing the Past by Michel-Rolph Trouillot.[9]

In February 2020, it was announced Raoul Peck would direct a 4-episode documentary series revolving around colonization and genocide for HBO, with HBO Documentary Films set to produce, with Josh Hartnett set to star as the lead in scripted scenes.[10]


On July 30, 2020, Hartnett revealed that his segments were filmed in Paris, France before the COVID-19 lockdown.[11]


Critical reception

Exterminate All the Brutes received positive reviews from the critics. It holds a 84% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 25 reviews, with a weighted average of 8.25/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While Exterminate All the Brutes perhaps packs a little too much into its limited runtime, it remains a powerful, necessary examination of the horrors of historical colonialism and its lingering impact on the world today."[12] On Metacritic, the series holds a rating of 83 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[13]


Award Date Category Recipient Result Ref.
Gotham Awards November 29, 2021 Breakthrough Nonfiction Series Exterminate All the Brutes Nominated [14]
Cinema Eye Honors March 1, 2022 Outstanding Nonfiction Series Raoul Peck Nominated [15]
Outstanding Broadcast Editing Alexandra Strauss Nominated
IDA Documentary Awards March 4, 2022 Best Multi-Part Documentary Raoul Peck, Daniel Delume, Rémi Grellety, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Jamie Morris, Jack Oliver, and Poppy Dixon Won [16][17]
Directors Guild of America Awards March 12, 2022 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries Raoul Peck Nominated [18]
Golden Reel Awards March 13, 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary Séverin Favriau, Emeline Aldeguer, Daniel Irribaren, and Vincent Maloumian Nominated [19]
Peabody Awards June 6–9, 2022 Documentary Exterminate All the Brutes Won [20]

See also


  1. ^ Grober, Matt (March 23, 2021). "'Exterminate All The Brutes': HBO Reveals Trailer & Sets Premiere Date For Raoul Peck's Experimental Docuseries". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Wong Macabasco, Lisa (April 7, 2021). "'Sometimes, it's shocking': Raoul Peck on his bold new colonialism series". The Guardian. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Berman, Judy (7 April 2021). "HBO's Exterminate All the Brutes Is a Radical Masterpiece About White Supremacy, Violence and the History of the West". Time. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  4. ^ Castillo, Monica (7 April 2021). "Exterminate All the Brutes". rogeregbert.com. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  5. ^ O'Donoghue, Darragh (2021). "Review of Exterminate All the Brutes". Cinéaste. 47 (1): 44–46. ISSN 0009-7004. JSTOR 27087984.
  6. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 8, 2021). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals 4.7.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 8, 2021. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 9, 2021). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals 4.8.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  8. ^ Ito, Robert (April 5, 2021). "'In 'Exterminate All the Brutes,' Raoul Peck Takes Aim at White Supremacy". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  9. ^ "Director & Writer Raoul Peck's 'Exterminate All the Brutes'". WYNC. April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 18, 2020). "Raoul Peck Teams With HBO On Colonialism Docuseries 'Exterminate All The Brutes'; Josh Hartnett To Topline Scripted Portions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Raddish, Christina (July 30, 2020). "Josh Hartnett on 'Most Wanted', Guy Ritchie's 'Cash Truck', and Why 'Paradise Lost' Was a Disappointment". Collider. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  12. ^ "Exterminate All the Brutes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "Exterminate All the Brutes". Metacritic. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  14. ^ Lattanzio, Ryan (November 30, 2021). "Gotham Awards: 'The Lost Daughter' Wins Top Prize — See the Full List of Winners". IndieWire. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  15. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 10, 2021). "'Flee' & 'Summer Of Soul' Lead Cinema Eye Honors Nominations". Deadline. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  16. ^ Lewis, Hilary (March 5, 2022). "Flee, Summer of Soul Top IDA Documentary Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  17. ^ "Nominees Revealed for the 37th Annual IDA Documentary Awards". International Documentary Association. November 15, 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  18. ^ Lewis, Hilary (January 26, 2022). "DGA Awards: 'Succession' Dominates Drama Series Nominees; 'Summer of Soul' and 'The Rescue' Up for Documentary Prize". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  19. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (January 24, 2022). "'Dune' Leads Nominations for Golden Reel Awards". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  20. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 9, 2022). "Peabody Awards: The Complete List of 2022 Winners". Deadline. Retrieved June 10, 2022.