THE BELIEVER

By Henry BEAN

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Drama - Completed 2000

A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic worldview. Based on the true story of a KKK member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.

    • Year of production
    • 2000
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 99 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Henry BEAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Christopher ROBERTS, Susan HOFFMAN
    • Synopsis
    • Twelve-year-old Danny Balint (RYAN GOSLING) is a precocious intellectual, arguing with the rabbis at the yeshiva, and running away from gentile toughs on the street. By twenty-two, he is a skin-head, living alone, browsing militia movement website and developing ever more complex and fervent anti-Semitic theories.
      At a neo-fascist organizing meeting at the home of Lina Moebius (THERESA RUSSELL), Danny impresses people with his articulate violence, especially Lina’s bright and complicated daughter, Carla (SUMMER PHOENIX), who is more interested in Danny’s mind and passion than in her mother’s politics.
      As Danny rises in right-wing circles, his increasing prominence threatens to expose him as a Jew. Fleeing New York with fellow skinheads, he picks a fight in a kosher deli, ends up in court and is sentenced to “sensitivity training” with elderly Holocaust survivors. As they tell their terrible stories, Danny explodes in rage at the Jews’ helpless passivity before the Nazis, their willingness to endure and survive rather than fight back and be destroyed.
      Yet the survivors affect him more than he knows or would admit. And when he leads a group of skin-heads into a nearby synagogue to plant a bomb, the sanctuary, the ark, and above all, the Torah touch Danny in a way he doesn’t expect and doesn’t want. With this, his “Jewish soul” is revealed and leads him on towards his own idiosyncratic truth…and to destruction.
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