Monday, January 08, 2007

Mel Gibson is never mentioned in the hourlong documentary "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence" (WGBY and CPTV, 10 p.m.). But some of his drunken utterances are certainly echoed by others.

The film from Oregon Public Broadcasting narrated by Judy Woodruff shows that some of the most influential and widespread anti-Semitism originates with elaborate TV miniseries with roots in the long-discredited "The Protocols of Zion," propaganda many still take as truth.

Giving light to ugly thought may not seem the best way to combat it, but filmmaker Andrew Goldberg, whose previous film was the controversial "The Armenian Genocide," has never shied from direct confrontation and doesn't in this important, well-told report.