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Defamation (2009) More at IMDbPro »Hashmatsa (original title)

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Defamation -- 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?"
Defamation -- What is anti-semitism two generations after the Holocaust? In his exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the 'oldest hatred', and comes up with some startling answers. He f


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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?" Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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
Yitzhak Herzog ... Himself - Minister in Charge of Anti-Semitic Affairs (as Isaac Herzog)
Viktor Yushchenko ... Himself, President of Ukraine
Golda Foxman ... Herself, Abraham Foxman's wife
Suzanne Prince ... Herself - ADL, Los Angeles
Harvey Prince ... Himself - ADL, Los Angeles
Yaakov Bleich ... Himself - Kiev, Ukraine (as Rabbi Bleich)
Norman Finkelstein ... Himself, Professor
John Mearsheimer ... Himself
Stephen Walt ... Himself (as Steve Walt)
Uri Avneri ... Himself
Arieh O'Sullivan ... Himself - ADL Spokesman
Teddy Katz ... Himself - Gush Shalom
Charles Jacobs ... Himself (as Dr. Charles Jacobs)
Dina Porat ... Herself - Professor
David Hirsch ... Himself - Sociology Professor

Directed by
Yoav Shamir 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yoav Shamir  writer

Produced by
Ori Bader .... line producer
Sandra Itkoff .... producer
Philippa Kowarsky .... producer
Karoline Leth .... producer
Knut Ogris .... producer
Nynne Marie Selin Eidnes .... line producer (as Nynne Selin)
Original Music by
Mischa Krausz 
Cinematography by
Yoav Shamir 
Film Editing by
Morten Højbjerg 
Sound Department
Neal Gibbs .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Peter Höhsl .... visual effects artist
Editorial Department
Kenneth Laugaard Andersen .... assistant editor
Søren Gamborg Knudsen .... assistant editor
Nicolai Griffens .... assistant editor
Elin Pröjts .... additional editor
Stephen Vittoria .... editor: Theatrical Trailer
Other crew
Daniel Karpantschof .... researcher
Assaf Mor .... production coordinator
Jordan Savel .... production coordinator
Signe Vinther .... production coordinator
Jaime Wolf .... legal counsel

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Also Known As:
"Hashmatsa" - Israel (original title)
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91 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S (2016) (TV)
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Uri Avneri:None of them fights anti-Semitism. They fight criticism of Israel. These are two totally different things. There's hardly any anti-Semitism in the US. It's a myth.See more »


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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, colorful, and very relevant, 25 November 2009
Author: eyeforbeauty from United States

Thought this movie did a good job a laying out some basic issues surrounding questions of anti-Semitism, support and criticism of Israel, and the role of the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S.

The movie benefited from the personal reflections of the director on the movie's subject, but on the other hand I often felt the movie relied too much on colorful depictions of individuals and groups and too little on a more "objective" and data-based examination of the question of whether and how much actual (and not just imagined) anti-Semitism results in harm to people around the world.

A longer, more carefully researched film could probably have matched the depictions offered in this film with data about and the testimony of people who have been the brunt of truly injurious anti-Semitic prejudice.

That said, I do feel the attitudes and beliefs illustrated by the individuals and groups depicted in this film are--as the film suggests--probably very often more at the root of concern about anti-Semitism than any real incidence of the latter.

But, still, that's a very sweeping generalization and would need to be "documented"--something this documentary doesn't seem to do a great deal of.

However, this was a very interesting and colorful film about a number of issues central to Jewish identity (especially the identity of "secular" Jews), and could be very valuable in sparking sharper thought and discussion about those issues. And also in encouraging more research on the actual extent, or lack thereof, of anti-Semitism around the world.

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