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Florida Premiere


Directed by Ilan Ziv

France | 120 minutes | 2020

French with English subtitles

This powerful film traces the origins of antisemitism in France from the Middle Ages to the 19th century Dreyfus Affair. At the same time, Ziv examines France’s unique history of offering citizenship to its Jewish inhabitants when no other European country would, dating back to the French revolution, and how the anti-discrimination statutes written down in law were not necessarily applied. Combining personal and collective narratives, the film showcases how the depiction of “the Jew” in society established an ideology of hate that eventually led to the Holocaust. In the aftermath of the war, a devastated France continued this ideology of antisemitism that set the stage for a modern wave of anti-Jewish attacks, including the murders of Ilan Halimi and Mireille Knoll during the early 21st century.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Ilan Ziv and moderator Dr. Hana Barouk. To view the conversation please click here.

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Ilan Ziv was born in Israel in 1950 and came to the United States after fighting in the Yom Kippur. He is the founder of Icarus Films, an educational film distribution company, which he left in 1980 in order to devote himself to making documentary films.
Foreign Title Antisémitismes
Director Ilan Ziv
Countries of Production France
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s) French with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 120 minutes
Principal Cast Philippe Oriol, Daniel Knoll, David Nirenberg

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