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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

There are two aspects of Andrew Goldberg’s documentary about the virulent rise of anti-Semitism around the world that are immediately disturbing.

The first is that this is the second film he’s made about the subject, after 2007’s “Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence.”   The second is that his latest effort, “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations,” barely scratches the surface of its subject matter.

The fast-paced, anecdotal documentary, narrated by actress Julianna Margulies, begins in powerfully dramatic fashion, with audio from 911 calls about the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue in which eleven Jewish worshippers were murdered by a far-right fanatic.

We’re then introduced to Russ Walker, a candidate for the North Carolina State House, who seems like a reasonably sensible, moderate politician until he unveils his true feelings about minorities, including Jews.

He proudly holds up two of his campaign signs, one reading, “What is wrong with being racist?” and the other, “God is a racist.”  His explanation for the latter would be funny if it weren’t so appalling.

‘Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations” is currently playing in New York City and rolls out to other cities beginning on February 28.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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