Defamation (2009)
"Hashmatsa" (original title)

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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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Credited cast:
Uri Avneri ...
Yaakov Bleich ...
Himself (as Rabbi Bleich)
Gianfranco Fini ...
Norman Finkelstein ...
Himself (as Professor Norman Finkelstein)
Abraham Foxman ...
Abraham Hecht ...
Himself (as Rabbi Hecht)
Yitzhak Herzog ...
Himself - Minister in Charge of Anti-Semitic Affairs (as Isaac Herzog)
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 ...


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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Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Germany)  »

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€1,000,000 (estimated)

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


$11,410 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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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?
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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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