Year Published: 2009
Resource Type: Film
Cx Number: CX11434
A critical look at modern anti-semitisim by way of an expose of the New
York-based Anti-Defamation League.
Yoav Shamir tries to take a witty & satirical approach to a deadly serious issue - anti-semitism in today's world. The film examines whether anti-Semitic has become an all purpose label for anyone who criticizes Israel and the possibility that some Jews' preoccupation with the past—i.e., the Holocaust—is preventing progress today. His focus is almost exclusively on the unprecedented access he was given to Abe Foxman and the NY-Based Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 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's findings are shocking, enlightening and - surprisingly - often wryly funny. 91 mins.