Release Date: December 8th, 2006 (Landmark Sunshine Cinema) by The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Moriah Films.
Directed by Richard Trank.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about anti-Semitism throughout Europe.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Ever Again has plenty of evidence supporting its claim that anti-Semitism still exists in Europe after the Holocaust. In France, vandals set fires to synagogues and in other countries in Europe cemeteries and memorials were desecrated. Moslem leaders such as Omar Bakri Mohammed, who resides in England, where 2 million Moslems also live, voices his hatred of the Jews which, sadly, speaks for many of the other Moslems as well. A Holocaust survivor admits that he and his family feel unsafe living in Paris because of the threat of anti-Semitism. Shockingly, public school teachers state that they refrain from teaching about the Holocaust. In chilling scenes, neo-Nazis express their radical views and cruelty toward the Jews in countries such as Holland. All of this evidence and testimony is certainly both alarming and disturbing, writer/director Richard Trank doesn’t synthesize them in a compelling way so that, occasionally, they seem redundant. Too many facts without enough real investigation and analysis ultimately diminishes the power of Ever Again, but, fortunately, doesn’t diminish its significance.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The basic solutions to the significant issue of anti-Semitism include tolerance, moderation and education. It would have been much more insightful to explore how these solutions have been implemented in recent years and to analyze and interpret the results. Including this in the beginning of the film would have helped to refine the thesis to make it more profound—rather than to mostly observe the different forms of anti-Semitism throughout Europe.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Occasionally redundant without enough synthesis to be insightful.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 2
IN A NUTSHELL: Alarming and disturbing, but occasionally redundant and not analytical or insightful enough.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
The "E" Menu