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In 2010, filmmaker Andrew Wall was working on The Paper Nazis, a documentary about the rise and fall of two anti-Semitic groups in Winnipeg and the newspapers they published in the 1930s.
At that time, people he interviewed warned about the potential "for a rise in organized racism and anti-Semitism in North America and beyond."
"I was naive and hopeful that wasn’t the case," Wall says, adding recent events have, unfortunately, proved them correct.
The award-winning documentary will be screened Monday, at 7 p.m., at the Berney Theatre (123 Doncaster St.), for an event called Nationalism, Populism, and Anti-Semitism: Then and Now.
Belle Jarniewski, executive director of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, says such a documentary is important because it shines a light on the ways populism and nationalism are leading to a resurgence of anti-Semitism and racism.
"People aren’t always aware of how these movements affect anti-Semitic attitudes," Jarniewski says.
She will also speak at the event about the modern rise of anti-Semitism and racism in Winnipeg and beyond.
Before, Jarniewski says, it was about excluding Jews and others from beaches, golf clubs, neighbourhoods and other places in Canada. Now, these movements are going in a more "vicious direction."
Tickets for the event are $10, cash at the door. For more information, visit www.jhcwc.org or call 204-477-7460.
John Longhurst has been writing for Winnipeg's faith pages since 2003. He also writes for Religion News Service in the U.S., and blogs about the media, marketing and communications at Making the News.
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