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November 15, 2002 - Image 117

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-15

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before the next major commitment."
Fried ends his book by going to
yizkor with Wolpe at a different syna-
gogue. As the rabbi announces the
prayer, half the congregation leaves,
but Wolpe doesn't notice. "It's not his
congregation walking out. He's not
trying to save the world anymore. He
is just trying to ,say his own prayers."

— Bob Menaker
Atlanta Jewish Times

Causing An Uproar

The American distributor of a Mexican
film denounced by Catholic groups has
been flooded with protest letters, many
with an anti-Semitic tone.

The Crime of Father Amaro (El
Crimen del Padre Amaro) is based on a
19th-century Portuguese novel, but the
film is set in contemporary Mexico. Its
protagonist is an ambitious young
priest who starts an illicit affair with a

a man from Manchester, Conn.
"What I find offensive is that they
are taking the leap that I am only doing
this because I am Jewish," Gottlieb
said. "Everyone can have an opinion
about a film. But the thing that I object
to" is the insinuation that "if I wasn't
Jewish, I wouldn't be releasing this
movie, which is, of course, absurd."
The protest is being organized by a
conservative Catholic lay group,
American Society for the Defense of
Tradition, Family and Property,
known by the initials TFP. The group
says its members will picket theaters
when the film opens Friday, Nov. 15,
in selected U.S. cities.
Through a mass mailing, TFP has
asked 80,000 people, especially Latino
Catholics, to send protest letters to
Goldwyn Films. America Needs Fatimah,
a group affiliated with TFP, has promised
to mobilize another 250,000 letter writers.

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young woman that ends in tragedy.
Among the objectionable scenes are
Also shown are issues confronting
one in which the priest and the young
modern Mexican priests, such as dona- woman make love under the mantel of
tions received from drug dealers and aid
Our Lady of Guadalupe, and another
sent to fund guerilla activities
in which a cat eats a
in poor rural areas.
communion host.
A scene from
Catholic groups say the
Carlos Carrera, the
"The Crime of Father
film depicts the Roman
film's director, defended
Amaro":
Catholic Church in an
it as "fictional," but also
Prompting an anti-
unfair, negative light.
said that "all of this
Semitic response.
A huge success in Mexico,
behavior seen in the
where it was released last
film has happened in
summer, Father Amaro is being distrib-
reality. None of this is a lie or a part of
uted in the United States by Samuel
our imagination."
Goldwyn Films.
Father Amaro became the highest-
The company's president, Meyer
grossing movie produced in Mexico,
Gottlieb, told the Los Angeles Times he
despite pressure from Mexican bishops
is alarmed by the anti-Semitism in
to have the movie banned.
many of the protest letters and post-
— Tom Tugend, JTA
cards the company has received.
"I am sure you don't plan on show-
The Crime of Father Amaro (El
ing rabbis or Jews in a compromising
Crimen del Padre Amaro) is sched-
position, but your hatred is vented
uled to open Nov. 29 at the Main
against the Savior who gave his life to
Art Theatre in Royal Oak.
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