SHORT SYNOPSIS

Unmasked Judeophobia exposes the relentless political assault against the State of Israel as a war against the Jewish people and their right to self-determination. Jews are facing threats much greater than military threats in the battlefield or terror threats in urban centers. They are facing the possible destruction of the idea that there should be a nation state of the Jewish people.

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Unmasked Judeophobia exposes the relentless political assault against the State of Israel as a war against the Jewish people and their right to self-determination. Jews are facing threats much greater than military threats in the battlefield or terror threats in urban centers. They are facing the possible destruction of the idea that there should be a nation state of the Jewish people.

A meticulous examination of rising anti-Jewish ideology.

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

An impressive international roster of academics, politicians, historians and rabbis to trace Islamic Judeophobia back to its medieval as well as Nazi roots.

VARIETY

One cannot stop watching the film. The music engages us, the manuscripts, lithographs, film footage, and stills are shocking, tragic, illuminating, beautiful, important, haunting… the amount of information packed into this fast-paced documentary is astounding.

PAJAMAS MEDIA

A serious and sometimes terrifying analysis of how antisemitism, often masked as anti-Zionism, has permeated modern life and discourse worldwide.

JERUSALEM POST

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

After the release of The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost in October 2008, I traveled extensively throughout North America engaging audiences in post-screening discussions. I made several alarming observations: too many good and decent people were unaware of the resurgence of lethal Jew-hatred in regions around the world. Many were also unaware of the history of complicity between Islamist leaders and the Nazi regime during the Holocaust, as well as the Islamists’ goal to continue Hitler’s work after the fall of the Nazi regime.

Without that context, people mistakenly believe that the virulent hatred toward Israel is directly related to policies and/or territory held by Israel. They blame Israel and reason that if only Israel would make itself smaller and weaker, that the hatred would dissipate. By examining the contemporary manifestations of lethal Jew-hatred against the backdrop of history, the viewer gains vital insight into the driving forces inspiring the campaigns which seek to wipe the Jewish homeland off the face of the earth and to murder Jews wherever they can be found.

The Zionist pioneer and activist Leon Pinsker introduced the term “Judeophobia” in 1882 in his booklet Auto-Emancipation. I use the term “Judeophobia” in the title of the film rather than “anti-Semitism” because Judeophobia is a more suitable term to convey the intellectualized and ideologized hatred of Jews that is encompassed in the anti-Jewish phenomenon flourishing in many parts of the world today.

Judeophobia is a complicated, heterogeneous phenomenon and I invested a significant amount of time in researching current analyses by leading experts in the field. I interviewed 70 experts—who happened to be Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim—from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, United States, and Venezuela in the fields of history, law, literature, media, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Their knowledge and insights deftly illuminate the threats and consequences of Judeophobia in its current state. Personally, the experience of producing and directing this film was transformative.

Unmasked Judeophobia is meant as a clarion call, as a tekiah gedolah blast. In Biblical times, tekiah was sounded on the shofar to raise awareness, to sound the alarm, to assemble all good people to action. We live in historic times, a time of inversion and a time when state-sanctioned calls for killing Jews and wiping the nation-state of the Jewish people off the map is regarded as unremarkable; when Jew-haters at anti-Israel demonstrations on the streets of every continent in the world can chant “Send the Jews back to the ovens” and “Hitler was right” without repercussion. My hope is that viewers will have their individual and collective consciousness raised.

SCREENINGS

Unmasked Judeophobia is a powerful and effective educational resource. Host a screening for your community, conference, organization, school, church or synagogue. For details and to obtain permission to host a screening, contact us here.

FILM FESTIVALS

  • Platinum Remi Award, Political/International Issues, Houston International Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine Judio en la Argentina, 2012
  • Official Selection, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Rockland International Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Mobile Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Office Selection, East Bay International Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Orange County International Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection, Broward County Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Featured Selection, Ottawa Free Thinking Film Festival, 2011
  • Official Selection, Calgary Jewish Film Festival, 2011
  • Official Selection, Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, 2011

FEATURING (in order of appearance)

ELIE WIESEL | ALAN DERSHOWITZ | CATHERINE CHATTERLEY | ROBERT WISTRICH | JONATHAN SACKS | JEFFREY HERF | MATTHIAS KUENTZEL | YISRAEL NE’EMAN | RADU IOANID | BRET STEPHENS | ANDREA LEVIN | RICHARD LANDES | FIAMMA NIRENSTEIN | MEIR WAINTRATER | IRWIN COTLER | ALVIN ROSENFELD | EMANUELE OTTOLENGI | JAMES WOOLSEY | JOE LIEBERMAN | MOSHE YA’ALON | BARRY RUBIN | DAN DIKER | MANFRED GERSTENFELD | SHIMON SAMUELS | SHMUEL TRIGANO | MELANIE PHILLIPS | MARK GARDNER | PILAR RAHOLA | ROBIN SHEPHERD | RUTH WISSE | TAMMI ROSSMAN BENJAMIN | NATAN SHARANSKY | KENNETH MARCUS | GERALD STEINBERG | BEN-DROR YEMINI | PHYLLIS CHESLER | JOHN BOLTON | ANNE BAYEFSKY | HILLEL NEUER | CAROLINE GLICK | RON DERMER | BENNY MORRIS | ANTHONY JULIUS | ALEX SAFIAN | ITAMAR MARCUS | CHARLES SMALL | NIDRA POLLER

DETAILS

TRT: 81 MINUTES | COLOR | 2011

FILMMAKERS

Executive Producer
GEORGE VIOLIN

Producer and Director
GLORIA Z. GREENFIELD

Director of Photography
RICHARD CHISOLM

Editor
DAVID GROSSBACH

Original Music and Arrangement
SHARON FARBER

AVAILABILITY

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For us, truth matters. It matters tremendously. And that’s why we call ourselves Doc Emet Productions. Emet means truth in Hebrew. We are all about truth in film.

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