Shooting the truth

Swedish director Bo Persson talks about antisemitism and his new film ‘Watching the Moon at Night’

By MORDECHAI BECK
June 13, 2018 15:07
Joanna Helander (co-director), Wojciech Staron (Director of photography), Henry Abramovitch (psychol

Joanna Helander (co-director), Wojciech Staron (Director of photography), Henry Abramovitch (psychologist in Jerusalem, participant in the film ‘Watching the Moon at Night’). (photo credit: BO PERSSON)

“THE INFAMOUS Munich massacre in 1972, in which 11 Israeli Olympic sportsmen were killed, was the first time in Europe after World War II in which an international terrorist attack was a blatant act of antisemitism.” Thus claims Bo Persson, a Swedish-born documentary filmmaker, on a recent visit to Israel.

“I'm not saying that this is always the case, but these two manifestations of fanaticism often converge. Maybe it’s not always obvious. But whether we are talking about right-wing or left-wing terrorism, there is often an element of antisemitism under the surface. The IRA or the Red Army in Germany, for example, had antisemitic elements integral to their outlook. These were the issues we wanted to explore in ‘Watching the Moon at Night,’ which I made with co-director Joanna Helander. Moreover, we wanted to give an equal platform to Jewish, Muslim and Christian victims of terrorism,” Persson tells The Jerusalem Report.

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