Filmmaker Marc Levin confronts merchants of hate in his thoughtful documentary ‘Protocols of Zion’
By Chris Garcia
AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILM WRITER

Thursday, January 19, 2006

In his documentary “Protocols of Zion,” Marc Levin jumps headlong into the fires of ideology. Though it is a controlled blaze, sparks fly during the secular Jew’s confrontations with neo-Nazi skinheads, Arabs and militantly anti-Semitic African Americans. The encounters can carry a toxic bite, laced as they are with ignorance and belligerence. Voices ascend to shouts, vitriol froths and the semantics of hate and bigotry are accorded equal access. As our intrepid on-camera tour guide, Levin strives to interject a voice of reason.

Unsettling responses to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, prompted Levin’s investigation into anti-Semitic rage. Most alarming were conspiracy theories that Jews were behind the terrorist attacks, and that it was all part of a Jewish master plan to rule the world — a design laid out in the century-old text “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which has long been debunked as an anti-Semitic forgery. MORE.