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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Denial (Directed by: Mick Jackson; Written by: David Hare based on the book by Deborah Lipstadt)

Based on the acclaimed book 'History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier', Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove that the Holocaust occurred.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter, Mark Gatiss, Will Attenborough

Why I loved this film: This is a fine film. Full credit to a great cast and director.
The Auschwitz scenes were the most chilling of all, and despite knowing the outcome, I found the courtroom scenes really thrilling. When Mr. Justice Gray asks whether David Irving might not have denied the Holocaust in good faith the shock is quite electrifying.
The tensions between Deborah Lipstadt and her legal team are very intense particularly after a Holocaust survivor is not allowed to speak in court, so Lipstadt assures her that 'The voice of the suffering will be heard'.
The voice of the suffering was indeed heard.
However, Denial is also a terrible warning. Holocaust denial has spread through the internet and Irving claims that 'Interest in my work has risen exponentially in the last two or three years. And it's mostly young people.'
Based on current world events, it seems like history could repeat itself.

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