Defamation

“It used to be a universally accepted axiom that the Palestinian Israeli conflict is an intractable and immovable impasse of epic proportion. Its Sisyphean nature cemented its reputation as an insoluble focal point of hatred and endless violence. Such universal truths, of course, derive their power and resonance from within the constraints of geography, ideology, and the construction of the imagination that is always trapped under the feeble nature of temporal movement. One can certainly say that Jewish history is filled with the grotesquery of blind hatred; that Jews were singularly reduced to an alienated other. Their disjointed and fractured identity was preserved only by the portability of a religion that would help them survive the darkest hours.”


“In the end both people realized something so utterly simple and yet horrifyingly distant- by removing the ‘otherness’ from their respective identification, they can embrace a land that animates their historical sense of purpose and direction. They can embrace fate by embracing each other as joint caretakers of a historical location that witnessed rivers of blood and the silent weeping of those who dream of a New Jerusalem.” ― R.F. Georgy, Absolution: A Palestinian Israeli Love Story

Defamation (השמצה‎‎) is a 2009 documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Yoav Shamir. It examines antisemitism and, in particular, the way perceptions of antisemitism affect Israeli and U.S. politics. Defamation won Best Documentary Feature Film at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

"Defamation" (2009), sought the answer to the question of - 'What is Antisemitism today?', and uncovered some hard truths along the way. The film screened at Berlinale 2009 and won the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature Film prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the grand prize at the Florence Film Festival amongst countless others.

Website:
https://www.yoavshamirfilms.com/