About The Film
Tracing centuries of insidious hatred, this substantive inquest reveals the evolution of anti-Semitism in France. The scandalous 1894 case of Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, railroaded for a crime he did not commit, sparks anti-Semitic fervor that extends into the new century. Further cemented by journalist Édouard Drumont’s writings and other caustic propaganda, the Jew as bogeyman echoes from Vichy France to the modern rise of neo-Nazism, Holocaust denial and hate crimes linked to a postwar influx of Muslim immigrants. Historians and intellectuals reveal how French anti-Semitism has been normalized, even institutionalized, in a country that extols liberty and equality. Director Ilan Ziv offers an unflinching account of a troubling, all-too-relevant crisis.