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Directed by Yoav Shamir



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.

What the Critics are Saying

"An incredibly bold and brave film." - Filmmaker Michael Moore

"Truly courageous! Yoav Shamir IS the Israeli Michael Moore." - Time Out New York

"Provocative and timely, intelligent and wry." - Leslie Felperin, Variety

"Profound and passionate." - Ray Bennett, Film Journal International

"This is muscular, intelligent documentary filmmaking of the first order - trenchant, controversial, riveting." - Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve

"Works brilliantly! Shocking, surprisingly funny... Defamation is an education!"
- Jennifer Merin,

"A must -see for thoughtful friends and critics of Israel." - David Lamble, Bay Area Reporter

"The most important Jewish movie of the year." - Akiva Gottlieb, The Jewish Journal

"Alternately sweet-tempered and outrageous... will spark long arguments deep into the night among Jewish and non-Jewish viewers alike." - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

Recommended Reading

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman Finkelstein

Anti-Semitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present by Marvin Perry and Frederick Schweitzer

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control by Abraham Foxman


See details about this film's theatrical run.

Tribeca '09 Interview with Yoav Shamir on IndieWIRE

Read Yoav Shamir's response to David Hirsh in The Guardian, 1/25/10

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:

  • Filmmaker Statement
  • Biographies
  • More

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2009
Running Time: 91 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English & Hebrew w/English subtitles


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