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Protocols of Zion (Unrated)

Release Date: October 21st, 2005 (NYC-Angelika Film Center) by THINKfilm.
Directed by Marc Levin.

BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about post-9/11 anti-Semitism.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Marc Levinís examination of anti-Semitism stems from a fictional book written in 1905 call The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which includes many passages that predict that the Jews will be gradually exterminating non-Jews and dominating the world. This radical book has a statement at the end that says that it is all fake. It shocking how anyone actually believe that the book is real and that the Jews somehow knew about the 9/11 attacks before they had occurred. On top of that, there was a newspaper that claimed that 5,000 Jews were spared their lives at the WTC from not showing up to work that day. Upon further research, Levin learns that the number 5,000 was taken out of context and changed to make it anti-Semitic. Early in the film, there is a frightening scene with a speech at the UN that sounds similar to the words from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Then, a young man on the street angrily complains about how Jews are everywhere, even in politics. What have the Jews done wrong to him personally that makes him so bitter? Or is he just brainwashed? Levin goes to many other places besides the street to search for answers to why there is anti-Semitism. He even interviews people who just saw The Passion of the Christ. His decision to include himself within the film shows just how personal he wants this film to be. Most of the film seems redundant and meandering, but at least he doesnít bombard you with crazy, shocking facts like Michael Moore does.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, this movie doesnít explore the roots of anti-Semitism profoundly enough. It does alert you to the fact that there are radical thinkers who have no compassion in this world, but it fails to dig deep enough to reach anything new. Nonetheless, itís more like a good start to a work-in-progress.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Redundant and meandering at times.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A provocative documentary that raises a lot of compelling questions about anti-Semitism, but ultimately fails to provide compelling answers.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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