Oscar Winners ‘Refute Their Jewishness’ over Israel’s War of Self-defense Against Hamas

The experimental Holocaust drama, The Zone of Interest, took home the Oscar for Best International Feature, and its director, Jonathan Glazer, used the moment to decry Israel’s attack in Gaza.

Expounding upon the film’s themes, Glazer said that his film aimed to reflect the ongoing dehumanization in the present, including Israel and Gaza.

“All our choices were made to reflect and confront us in the present, not to say look what they did then, but rather look what we do now,” he said. Our film shows where dehumanization leads at its worst. It shaped all of our past and present.”

Glazer then said he and his fellow filmmakers “stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation, which has led to conflict for so many innocent people.”

Glazer did, however, take the moment to honor the Israeli victims of the October 7 massacre at the hands of Hamas.

“Whether the victims of October 7 in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza. All of the victims of this dehumanization. How do we resist?” he said.

Paul Roland Bois directed the award-winning feature filmEXEMPLUM, which can be viewed for FREE on YouTube or Tubi. “Better than Killers of the Flower Moon,” wrote Mark Judge. “You haven’t seen a story like this before,” wrote Christian Toto. A high-quality, ad-free stream can also be purchased on Google Play or Vimeo on Demand. Follow him on Twitter @prolandfilms or Instagram @prolandfilms.


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