Léon Blum, Loathed and Adored / Léon Blum: Hai et adoré
Raised as a French Jew in a large family, Léon Blum changed the face of modern France. As head of the French government from 1936 to 1937, and again in 1938, he became a symbol for the Socialist party and French progressive ideals, thanks to the reforms he initiated on behalf of workers as well as women’s rights. The Dreyfus Affair prompted Blum to think about his Jewish Identity and he became involved in the Zionist movement. Loved by the workers, he had enemies among Petain and the far-right, whose vicious anti-Semitism targeted him. A handsomely-made and informative documentary, featuring a treasure trove of archival materials and beautiful use of animation.