Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:45
This documentary was inspired by a single conversation the filmmaker had with an Arab cabdriver who was convinced that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks. How did the cab driver know this? Because he had read it in the book 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion'.
'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion' is one of the most famous underground books across the world. The century-old book purports to be the minutes of a secret meeting of Jewish leaders, in which they lay out their plans for world domination. Mainstream western society declared it out of bounds over 80 years ago. Yet as Levin documents, the book remains remarkably popular both on the fringes of American society and throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Levin tries to get to the bottom of this by interviewing neo-Nazis, Palestinians, radical black activists, “conspiracy theorists”, Christian evangelical leaders and various Jews. Although he never quite gets to the bottom of it the results are never less than fascinating. He deserves enormous credit for his bravery in talking to many of these people, as well as his willingness to explore the "don't go there" areas of Jewish conspiracy myths.