Oct. 11, 2017
By Daniel Koren
B'nai Brith Canada
Following a sold-out world premiere in Toronto and a successful screening in Ottawa, tickets for the Montreal premiere of Wish You Weren’t Here on Oct. 16, 2017 are officially sold out.
A film on contemporary antisemitism by award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin, Wish You Weren’t Here explores how support for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement directly leads to instances of antisemitism, focusing specifically on BDS advocate Roger Waters.
The film includes footage and never-before-seen interviews with Pope Francis, Tony Blair, Alan Dershowitz, Natan Sharansky, Ronald Lauder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Haras Rafiq, and others.
In a bid to refute Waters’ misguided and inflammatory views on Israel and provide a balanced perspective on BDS, B’nai Brith is presenting the screenings in the cities in which he is performing on the same nights. Following the world premiere in Toronto, Waters attacked B'nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn for accusing him of promoting antisemitism.
For college and university students who are interested in attending, B’nai Brith is distributing complimentary tickets for a select number of students in each city. To win, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line WATERS and specify your location. Be sure to bring your student ID on the day of the screening.
A Q&A session featuring Halperin, Mostyn, and Dr. Charles Small, Director and President of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), will take place following each screening.