Owen Gleiberman
November 24, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Defamation

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/04/09
director
Yoav Shamir
author
Yoav Shamir
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

This brave documentary takes on the topic of anti-Semitism in a relentlessly probing and original way. The director of Defamation, Yoav Shamir, is an Israeli who has grown disillusioned with the way his country’s fixation on the Holocaust has, in his view, devolved from a moral necessity into a corrosive ideology of fear. Shamir intercuts teens from Israel on a field trip to Auschwitz; a complexly skeptical look at Abe Foxman, head of America’s Anti-Defamation League; and a portrait of the ire faced by authors like Norman Finkelstein, who claims that anti-Semitism is now exaggerated by its victims. A-

See all of this week’s reviews

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST