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Defamation & Petropolis - Dogwoof Previews & competitions


Preview by Jack Foley

DOGWOOF, the UK leaders and innovators in social issue film distribution, release two riveting documentaries to DVDDefamation and Petropolis – on November 1 and 15, 2010, respectively.

Each presented with insightful extras, these documentaries are essential purchases for anyone with a social, environmental interest in the world they live in.

Both documentaries take wildly different approaches to their subject matters; Defamation is director Yoav Shamir’s road trip through the landscape of Anti-Semitism, whilst Petropolis is an almost wordless, visual document of the destruction of a pristine landscape in search of dirty oil.


What is anti-Semitism today, two generations after the Holocaust? Inhi s continuing exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint, 5 Days, Flipping Out) travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred”, and comes up with some startling answers.

In this irreverent quest, he follows American Jewish leaders to the capitals of Europe, as they warn government officials of the growing threat of anti-Semitism, and he tacks on to a class of Israeli high school students on a pilgrimage to Auschwitz.

The film questions our perceptions and terminology when an event proclaimed by some as anti-Semitic is described by others as legitimate criticism of Israel’s government policies.

The film walks along the boundary between anti-Zionism, rejecting the notion of a Jewish State, and anti-Semitism, rejecting Jews. Is the former being used to excuse the latter?

And is there a difference between today’s anti-Semitism and plain old racism that is affecting all minorities?

Win Defamation on DVD

To win 1 of 3 copies of Defamation on DVD, simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Defamation?

Simply send the answer to Defamation DVD competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Extras: Stills gallery; director’s statement
Certificate: E
Running time: 93mins
UK DVD Release: November 1, 2010



Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler’s Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands offers an unparalleled view of the world’s largest industrial, capital and energy project.

Canada’s tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil called bitumen from underneath unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort with far-reaching impacts on the land, air, water, and climate.

It’s an extraordinary spectacle, whose scope can only be understood from far above. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, one machine’s perspective upon the choreography of others, suggests a dehumanized world where petroleum’s power is supreme.

Win Petropolis on DVD

To win 1 of 3 copies of Petropolis on DVD, simply answer the following question…

Q. In which country do the Alberta Tar Sands lie?

Simply send the answer to Petropolis DVD competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Extras: Trailer, 7 Web-isodes & Extended Interviews, Stills Gallery
Certificate: E
Running time: 43mins
UK DVD Release: November 15, 2010