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Israeli documentarian [[Performer~P386045~Yoav Shamir~yoavshamir]]'s [[Feature~V301391~Checkpoint~checkpoint]] was a cinéma vérité-style exploration of the daily intractable confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian citizens at several border checkpoints. For Defamation, [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] adopts a completely different filmmaking style. Defamation, which explores anti-Semitism, is a more personal "essay film," in the style of [[Performer~P103383~Michael Moore~michaelmoore]] or [[Performer~P83168~Nick Broomfield~nickbroomfield]]. (The filmmaker has described it as "a personal journey.") [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] dispenses with subjectivity, appearing on camera to ask pointed questions, and explaining his point-of-view in a wry voice-over. Claiming that, having lived in Israel all his life, he's never experienced anti-Semitism (though he points out he's read a lot about it in Israeli newspapers), [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] travels to America to discover what the phenomenon is all about. He goes to New York, where he looks into alleged incidents of anti-Semitism that turn out to be relatively minor. He also meets [[Performer~P429200~Abe Foxman~abrahamfoxman]], who heads up the Anti-Defamation League.After spending some time traveling the world with [[Performer~P429200~Foxman~abrahamfoxman]], the filmmaker worries that while the ADL's purported purpose is to fight discrimination and bigotry, in practice, the group appears to be using the fear of anti-Semitism to bolster uncritical support for the state of Israel. [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] contrasts [[Performer~P429200~Foxman~abrahamfoxman]]'s access to power with the struggles of embattled, controversial academic [[Performer~P643126~Norman Finkelstein~normanfinkelstein]], author of The Holocaust Industry, and, like [[Performer~P429200~Foxman~abrahamfoxman]], the son of Holocaust victims. The filmmaker also travels with a group of Israeli high school students on their traditional class trip to Auschwitz. [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] suggests that there's a danger in exposing the youngsters to this traumatic experience of the most hateful anti-Semitism just before they enter their mandatory military service. [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] was granted unfettered access to [[Performer~P429200~Foxman~abrahamfoxman]] and the ADL, and the organization later issued a statement criticizing [[Performer~P386045~Shamir~yoavshamir]] and the film. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:November 20, 2009

Crew

Yoav Shamir
Director
Philippa Kowarsky
Producer
Knut Ogris
Producer
Sandra Itkoff
Producer
Karoline Leth
Producer
Yoav Shamir
Cinematographer
Mischa Krausz
Composer (Music Score)
Elin Projts
Editor
Morten Hojbjerg
Editor
Alfred Tesler
Sound/Sound Designer
Rami Yatzkan
Sound/Sound Designer
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