Difficult though it may be to believe, the premise of writer-director Henry Bean's controversial examination of extreme anti-Semitism is rooted in realty. In 1965, a 28-year-old, high-ranking KKK member named Daniel Burros made good on his promise to kill himself if the New York Times
reporter who'd been looking into his past revealed that Burros was, in fact, Jewish. Like many commentators at the time, writer-director Henry Bean reads Burros's disturbing story as an extreme case of so-called "Jewish self-hatred," and attempts to explore this phenomenon through the deeply conflicted mind of a fictitious, former Yeshiva student from Queens, NY. The titular "bel...