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Premiere Screening of VIRAL: Antisemitism in Four Mutations- Postponed
April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations
Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 23, new day & time to be scheduled.
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By virtually every yardstick, Antisemitism in the US and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s. It is coming in the forms of vandalism, social media abuse, assault and murder. Like a virus, it is mutating and evolving across cultures, borders and ideologies, making it all but impossible to stop.
This is what has prompted filmmaker Andrew Goldberg to action. Goldberg’s previous public television work includes films about the Jewish diaspora and the Armenian genocide. He explores antisemitism’s infectious behavior in his powerful new film Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations, airing on WGCU on Tuesday, May 26, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Goldberg travels through four countries to speak first-hand with victims, witnesses, anti-Semites and others including former President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, journalists Fareed Zakaria and George Will, and historian Deborah Lipstadt.
The film examines the far-right in the U.S. and how some of its ranks have incited such acts as the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In Hungary, viewers see its leader launch a massive campaign against Jewish Holocaust survivor and billionaire George Soros that is reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. Moving to the far-left in England, viewers see a traditionally anti-racist party conflating Israel and Jews causing tremendous harm to the Jewish community, and in France, the film illuminates the seemingly endless wave of violence against Jews by Islamists and radicals.
The increasing violence within each of these four countries, when reviewed holistically, paints a terrifying portrait of how this kind of global hatred begins and how easily it disseminates.
In addition, the FGCU Wilson G. Bradshaw Library is exhibiting important artifacts and information about a rescue operation undertaken by the Swedish Red Cross that brought thousands of women and children from Germany’s Ravensbrück concentration camp to freedom at Malmö Harbor in Sweden. Click here to see a video of the exhibit, titled To Life: The Liberation of Ravensbrück.