Published Nov 01, 2005Amongst the many conspiracy theories floating around the dust of 9/11 was one where the Jews masterminded everything and evacuated their people before the planes hit. The theorists' "evidence" was the 19th century forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purported to prove the existence of a Jewish conspiracy to enslave the world.
The falsified document has been an anti-Semitic staple since it first hit the presses, but it gained new currency after the towers fell, and documentarian Marc Levin is determined to find out what kind of person believes in it. To be sure, his adventures are unscientific, careening from a local New York Arab paper to West Virginian white supremacists and haphazard points in between, but he nevertheless finds all manner of disgusting and ridiculous opportunists looking for any excuse to fan the flames of hate.
Some of these individuals are easy to dismiss, like the hilarious extremist who claims Rudy Guiliani was really "Rudy Jew-liani," but the Protocols-based Arab TV movies will make you gasp, as will the incoherent ramblings of many of the participants. After a stretch of Levin's genial engagement of these individuals, you want to give him a purple heart for not battering them with his microphone or stuffing the camera down their throats.
The film gets a bit muddy when it interviews a crowd of Palestinian-Americans, who might have a few legitimate beefs of their own, but for the most part it's an alternately informative and alarming film that will test your sympathy for certain regimes' apologists. (Th!nk)