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Gloria Greenfield

Dr. Catherine Chatterley

Interview with Gloria Greenfield, Director of UNMASKED: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization, in Wpg on Jan 5

By Dr. Catherine Chatterley - Founding Director, Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA), Dec 29, 2011

CISA will premiere UNMASKED in Winnipeg at the Berney Theatre on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:30pm. Ms. Greenfield will be our guest. 
Dr. Chatterley: Why have you used the term “Judeophobia” instead of the more common “Antisemitism”? In your understanding, what is the difference?
Ms. Greenfield: Wilhelm Marr, a German who Bernard Lewis describes as “a minor Jew-baiting journalist with no other claim to memory,” brought the term “anti-Semitism” to public prominence in 1879. Today, this term is no longer adequate as it is based upon a racialist distinction between “Semitic” and “Aryan/Indo-European.”
Furthermore, the term “anti-Semitism” implies a distinction against all “Semites.” So we face the absurd situation where Jew-haters like Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan claim the identity of “Semite” in order to make the case that they themselves are victims of “anti-Semitism” as a means of deflecting the fact of their being anti-Jewish racists themselves.
While there is a growing movement in the academy to utilize “Antisemitism” as a replacement for the problematic “anti-Semitism,” “Judeophobia” is a more suitable term to convey the intellectualized and ideological hatred of Jews that is encompassed in the anti-Jewish phenomenon flourishing in many parts of the world today.
Dr. Chatterley: What kind of reactions to the film have you received thus far? Have you received any serious criticisms or stirred any controversy?
Ms. Greenfield: The film has received very positive responses. Here is a sampling of responses from individuals who have attending screenings in Boston, Chicago, New York, Jerusalem, Cape Town, and Beverly Hills:
“Just wanted to say that not only is the film excellent on first viewing, but lingers and deepens in memory. It's brilliant and fantastic.” (Professor Richard Landes, Boston University, Department of History)
“Congrats once again -- you do amazing work and are making a huge difference, in an otherwise bleak landscape.” (Professor Gerald Steinberg, Bar Ilan University, Department of Political Studies)
“It is a terrific film . . . especially good for those who still refuse to see reality.”  (Judy Lavin, Chicago)
“The film truly was a very chilling reminder of the enormous challenges that face us as a global Jewish collective and should be compulsory viewing for any Jew who feels connected to Klal Yisrael.” (David Jacobson, Executive Director, Jewish Board of Deputies of the Western Cape, South Africa)
“I hope the new audiences are as informed and moved as we were. The film was wonderful.” (Adrienne Fleischmann, Boston)
“It's an amazing piece. One of those few documentaries that would be great for everyone to see. It's clear how much love -- and passion -- went into the making of this.  Great interviews of interesting subjects, easy to follow graphics, beautifully shot, and telling a coherent and powerful story.  What more can you want from a documentary?” (Alan Blaustein, Los Angeles) 
Dr. Chatterley: Do you worry that the film will create anxiety in the Jewish community? Have you been accused of fear mongering? 
Ms. Greenfield: During the process of making the film, my primary concern was for the message to be clear and impactful. Knowledge of the current situation would naturally create some level of anxiety—how could state-sanctioned calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and public calls for killing Jews wherever one finds them—not create some level of anxiety. 
However, my primary concern was not about anxiety, but rather about making the film clear and impactful enough so that all decent people—Jews as well as non-Jews—would muster the determination and commitment to both recognize the reality of the situation and to find ways to quash it. 
From my perspective, the situation that should create the greatest amount of anxiety and fear is denial and apathy. To appreciate the outcome of such denial and apathy, one only has to look back at the 1930s and 1940s.
Dr. Chatterley: When and why did you decide to make this film? Was there a particular happening or experience that precipitated your decision?
Ms. Greenfield: In May of 2009, Irwin Cotler and I were at the Philadelphia premiere of Doc Emet Productions’ first documentary film, The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost, when Irwin leaned over and whispered to me that the next film should be about antisemitism. I spent some time processing that suggestion.
Several months later, I viewed a very offensive documentary that was screened at film festivals around the world, which presented antisemitism as the invention of Jewish leaders, organizations, and
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