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May 29, 2012 12:00 am

French-Iranian Film “The Anti-Semite” Banned from Cannes Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival canceled a screening of “The Anti-Semite”, which features the French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala.  Dieudonne’s holocaust denial is well known in France, where he has been convicted of inciting hatred.

The film, which was produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center, makes fun of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where a million and a half Jews were murdered during World War II, and depicts Dieudonne as a drunk and violent character, dressed as a Nazi officer at a party.

“Anti-Semitism has no place at Cannes, and we welcome the clear statement to that effect from the organizers of the film festival,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “Dieudonne’s grotesque anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial may play well to audiences in Iran, but the French entertainment industry and society has clearly had enough.”

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