Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations Will air on PBS tonight, share your local listings for showtimes.
Written, produced and directed by Goldberg, and produced and edited by Diana Robinson, the 90-minute documentary -which had a short theatrical release earlier this year – visits four countries to speak first hand with victims, witnesses and anti-Semites. Interviewees include: Former US President Bill Clinton, Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Journalists Fareed Zakaria and George Will, and Professor Deborah Lipstadt. The film is narrated in part by Julianna Margulies.
VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS examines the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the rise of anti-semitism on the far right. In Hungary, it looks at how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán launched a massive campaign reminiscent of Nazi propaganda against Jewish billionaire George Soros. In England, members of the traditionally anti-racist, far-left Labour party conflate Israel and Jews with antisemitic vitriol, causing tremendous pain for the Jewish community. And in France, the film illuminates the seemingly endless wave of violence against Jews by Islamists and radicals.
The increasing bigotry and, at times, violence within each of these four countries paints a terrifying portrait of how global hatred disseminates and harms. As activist Maajid Nawaz says in the film, “If we don’t draw a red line in the sand when it comes to antisemitism, Muslims will be next, gays will be next and everyone else who is deemed a minority will be next.”
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Emmy Award-winning investigative producer/director Andrew Goldberg has executive produced and directed 13 primetime documentary specials for PBS and public television. He has also produced numerous long and short-form segments for outlets, including CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC News, and National Public Radio. Goldberg has been honored with over 20 major awards, including five CINE Golden Eagles, 10 Telly Awards, a NY Festivals World Medal, The Genesis Award (Guest of Honor), The St. Vartan’s Award, The Joachim and Anne Humanitarian Award. Some of his previous films include The Armenian Genocide, Jerusalem: Center of the Worldand They Came to America.