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Monday, May 24, 2010

Defamation DVD Review

Defamation DVD Review

Synopsis: WINNER- Grand Jury Prize, 50th Festival dei Popolei International Documentary Film Festival
WINNER- Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award For Best Documentary
WINNER- Special Jury Award- Tribeca Film Festival
WINNER- The Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking -Traverse City Film Festival
WINNER- Audience Award - Documenta Madrid
WINNER- Audience Award - Warsaw International Film Festival
WINNER- Special Mention - Kosovo International Documentary Film Festival

Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative -- and at times irreverent -- quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics?

Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum (including the head of the Anti-Defamation League and its fiercest critic, author Norman Finkelstein) and traveling to places like Auschwitz (alongside Israeli school kids) and Brooklyn (to explore reports of violence against Jews), Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and - surprisingly - often wryly funny.

Review: We LOVE documentaries here at the Legion.  We just can't get enough of them.  I thought when I started watching this documentary that it'd be about the suffering of the Jewish people.  I didn't realize how interesting it was really going to be. 

Yoav Shamir takes us on a path to discover whether anti-semetism really exists.  Apparently, there is an organization within the government, the ADL,  that targets certain 'enemies of the state' and tries to use the guise of anti-semetism to defame them.    The truth behind the curtain is that most of the "hate" is smoke and mirrors and peace isn't a far off concept.

What a highly interesting documentary!  This one is highly recommended.

Rating: Jewish Studies, Documentary, Conspiracies, Anti-Establishment, Peace