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Overview

Antisemitism in the U.S. and Europe is spreading and is seemingly unstoppable. Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg’s documentary, Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations, examines its rise, traveling through four countries to follow antisemites and their victims and family members, along with experts, politicians and locals. The documentary was produced in coordination with Connecticut Public Television.

Grant

Purpose: To support the production and educational components of the documentary, ‘Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations”

The film looks at the rise of antisemitism today, through the eyes of some of those most affected in the U.S., France, the U.K. and Hungary. 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. 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.

Andrew Goldberg is an Emmy Award-winning investigative producer and director and founder and owner of So Much Films in New York City. He has executive produced and directed 14 documentary specials for PBS and Public Television, two broadcast series (spanning thirty-nine episodes) for HGTV and DIY, and countless long and short-form segments for such outlets as CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC News, National Public Radio, E! Entertainment Television and Food Network.

Impact

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations aired nationally in prime time in May 2020. The film was called “Powerful” by Newsweek, “riveting” and “fascinating” by the Wall Street Journal, and “Eye opening” by CBS. The San Francisco Chronicle said it “…sucks you in.”