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Defamation (2009)

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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?"

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Shamir ...
Himself, also narrator and interviewer
Abraham Foxman ...
Himself
Bob Wolfson ...
Himself - ADL Regional Director
Notav ...
Herself
Adi ...
Herself
Yaiv ...
Himself
Reuven ...
Himself
Perlin ...
Herself
Ov ...
Himself
Noah Klinger ...
Himself - Journalist
Joel Levi ...
Himself - ADL Regional Director New York
Dov Hikind ...
Himself - Assemblyman
Benjamin Lifschitz ...
Himself - Reporter
Abraham Hecht ...
Himself (as Rabbi Hecht)
Gianfranco Fini ...
Himself
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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

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€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$11,410 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Interviewer: Are you saying anti-Semitism is an Israeli invention? A Jewish invention?
Uri Avneri: Anti-Semitism? Anti-Semitism *today* ? All in all, yes. Everybody is scared of anti-Semitism because of its history and Jews have always been terrified. In America, where Jews are so strong and influential, they are scared of their own shadows. Every moment, behind every tree, an anti-Semite hides. Bullshit! There is nothing like that. Anti-Arabs, anti-Muslims, anti-Black, anti whatever you like, yes. Anti-Semites? You'd ...
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Very Objective
17 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The persuasive power of most documentaries lies in their one-sidedness. This is not like most documentaries.

The filmmaker has a point of view, but he does not jam it down your throat. He humanizes the people he disagrees with, while exposing the flaws of those he does agree with. He presents the issue of perceived anti-semitism in all it's complexity but still draws the viewer to a real conclusion.

I thought the narration was a bit distracting because the filmer has a strong Israeli accent. Also, it was difficult to understand a few of the exchanges between he and his interviewees.

Still, it was fine work.


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