The Conspiracy

With the rise of the alt-right and the mass proliferation of misinformation through social media, anti-Semitism has shifted from the fringes to the mainstream. As algorithms designed to amplify the latest conspiracy theory talking points send more users down extremist rabbit holes, what persists are the age-old myths and boogeymen. The idea that Jews are plotting world domination is rooted throughout centuries of history and dangerously dangled when fear and uncertainty strike a disaffected populace. Never one to avoid controversial subjects, documentarian Maxim Pozdorovkin employs historical research and creative storytelling to debunk the venomous fallacy of the “secret cabal” that has served as the bedrock of anti-Semitism. The Conspiracy weaves together the history of three prominent families used as pawns on the chessboard of global affairs into the larger history of the Jewish people: the Warburgs, a prominent German banking family, the Dreyfuses, the family of Alfred Dreyfus, the French artillery officer wrongfully accused of treason, and the Bronsteins of Ukraine, whose son would go on to change his name to Leon Trotsky. Uniquely brought to life with hand drawn 3D animation and punctuated with archival footage, The Conspiracy is an entertainingly ambitious history lesson narrated by Mayim Bialik and including the voice talents of Liev Schreiber and Jason Alexander.

Bay Area Premiere

Maxim Pozdorovkin is an award-winning director and writer based in New York. Maxim’s films include: Our New President (Sundance Special Jury Award 2018), The Truth About Killer Robots (TIFF 2018), Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Emmy winner), The Notorious Mr. Bout (Sundance 2014), and Clinica de Migrantes. Maxim holds a PhD from Harvard University and was a junior fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.

Co-sponsored by Ralph and Marsha Guggenheim and by Jim and Beth Hornthal

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