MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,360 this week

Defamation (2009)
"Hashmatsa" (original title)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 924 users   Metascore: 58/100
Reviews: 8 user | 35 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

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?"

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 72 titles
created 17 Apr 2012
 
a list of 477 titles
created 09 Jul 2012
 
a list of 88 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 62 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 15 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Defamation" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Defamation (2009)

Defamation (2009) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Defamation.
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

With God On Our Side takes a hard look at the theology and politics of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, Israeli government policies should not... See full summary »

Director: Porter Speakman Jr.
Stars: Evan Albertyn, Gary Burge, Ron Dart
Documentary | Biography | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Stars: Pat Tillman, Josh Brolin, Mary Tillman
Waste Land (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey ... See full summary »

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vik Muniz
GasLand (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox
Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Joseph
Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Thora Birch, William Black
Freakonomics (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, and 4 more credits »
Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Morgan Spurlock
Documentary | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

From the Arab Spring to the American Autumn, director Joseph Quinn seeks to find out the origins of the Occupy Movement and shine a light on its long-term goals.

Director: Joseph Garcia Quinn
Stars: George Carlin, Deepak Chopra, Albert Einstein
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR ... See full summary »

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: John Junkerman
Stars: Noam Chomsky
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Reggie Watts, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum
5 Days (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Chronicles the Israeli Defense Forces as they evacuate 8,000 Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip in five days to make way for 250,000 Palestinians.

Director: Yoav Shamir
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Uri Avneri ...
Himself
Yaakov Bleich ...
Himself (as Rabbi Bleich)
Gianfranco Fini ...
Himself
Norman Finkelstein ...
Himself (as Professor Norman Finkelstein)
Abraham Foxman ...
Himself
Abraham Hecht ...
Himself (as Rabbi Hecht)
Isaac Herzog ...
Himself - Minister in Charge of Anti-Semitic Affairs
Dov Hikind ...
Himself - Assemblyman
David Hirsch ...
Himself - Sociology Professor
Charles Jacobs ...
Himself (as Dr. Charles Jacobs)
Teddy Katz ...
Himself - Gush Shalom
Noah Klinger ...
Himself - Journalist
Joel Levi ...
Himself - ADL Regional Director New York
Benjamin Lifschitz ...
Himself - Reporter
John Mearsheimer ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by FRF

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| | |

Language:

|

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Defamation  »

Box Office

Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,725 (USA) (20 November 2009)

Gross:

$11,410 (USA) (11 December 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Norman Finkelstein: I wanna ask you a question. Do you see a holocaust coming? It's crazy. There is so much hunger, so much starvation in the world, so many people are suffering. And you want me to get excited about some idiot painting a swastika somewhere?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

well worth seeing
21 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

my daughter and I just watched this movie today on cable, without the benefit of any context. while it was clear that the filmmaker sided with the Mearsheimer-Walt types, I still thought it was worth watching.

to me, any time Norman Finkelstein is allowed to go on camera and give his noxious views, that's a good thing. in fact, the whole movie affirmed the idea that "anti-Zionism" is just an excuse for anti-Semitism. I think this is the opposite of what the filmmaker wanted to prove, but there it is.

if you do see this film, please remember to take it with a grain of salt. example: Finkelstein says that there is no American anti-Semitism but there IS anti-Muslim feeling. according to FBI statistics, anti-Jewish hate crimes occur 8 TIMES AS OFTEN as anti-Muslim crimes. but Finkelstein doesn't back up his assertions with facts, since he wouldn't be able to.

the problem of anti-Semitism has been with us for thousands of years, and it isn't going away any time soon. this movie contributes to the conversation if watched with an open but skeptical mind.


4 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Victim will always remain to be 1 sugacat2004
MB Antisemitism john-1525
Discuss Defamation (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page