WitchHunt the Movie. The hounding of Jackie Walker by Jon Pullman

Full synopsis:
In 2015, while the far right was gaining ground around the world, socialist MP
Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the UK Labour Party in a landslide victory.
Accusations of antisemitism within the party immediately began to circulate. Well￾known anti-racists and left-wing Jews, such as Jackie Walker, were amongst the chief
targets.
WitchHunt sets out to investigate the stories and the people behind the headlines,
examining the nature of the accusations. Is this a witch hunt, as some claim? If so,
who is behind it, and what is the political purpose of such a campaign? Has the media
failed in its duty to fairness and accuracy in reporting on such serious allegations?
Through a series of interviews, analysis and witness testimony, WitchHunt explores
the connections between the attacks on Labour, the ongoing tragedy of Palestine and
the wider struggle against race-based oppression. It argues that, if it is to mean
anything at all, the fight against racism must be a shared one, that includes all peoples


Praise for WitchHunt:
“Anyone who speaks or writes in the public domain about antisemitism and the
current state of the Labour Party has a duty to see this film and address the issues it
raises.”
Avi Shlaim, historian
“This impeccably-executed film exposes with chilling accuracy the terrifying threat
that now confronts democracy, and the depressing intractability of the Israel￾Palestine situation.”
Mike Leigh (Peterloo, Mr Turner)
“The case of Jackie Walker is important. This film asks whether her lengthy
suspension from the Labour Party and attempts to expel her are fair, or an injustice
which should be challenged. She is not the only one in this position. See the film and
make up your own mind”
Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)
“(WitchHunt) packs a powerful punch, telling a story we just aren’t hearing at the
moment.”
Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall, The Promise)
Press reviews:
“WitchHunt is a vital corrective to what’s been a mostly shallow and poorly informed
debate that’s done much to undermine the British public’s understanding of
antisemitism.”
Robert Cohen, Mondoweiss, March 3, 2019


In the film:
Professor Lewis Gordon
Afro-Jewish American philosopher and author working on areas including theories of
race and racism, philosophies of liberation and Africana philosophy. Gordon
currently teaches at the University of Conneticut, USA, and is Honorary Professor at
the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is a member of
Kehilat Chaverim in Connecticut, USA, and Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian
Hebrew Congregation in Illinois, USA.
Salma Karmi-Ayyoub
Criminal barrister and external consultant for the Palestinian human rights
organisation Al Haq. She acquired a post-graduate degree in law and was called to the
Bar of England and Wales in 2007.
Paul Kelemen
Academic and author of The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce, Kelemen
taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and was closely involved in solidarity
campaigns and development work in relation to the Horn of Africa. He is on the
board of trustees of the Ahamad Iqbal Race Relations Resource Centre.
Leah Levane
Co-chair of Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) and Labour Councillor in Hastings, Levane
studied comparative politics at Cardiff University. She has worked mainly in the
community development field, particularly in South London, working with local
communities to tackle racism and divisions.
Emeritus Professor Moshé Machover
Mathematician, philosopher, and socialist activist, noted for his writings on
Zionism. Born to a Jewish family in Tel Aviv, Machover was a founder of Matzpen,
the Israeli Socialist Organisation. In 1968 he moved to Britain where he became a
naturalised citizen, later gaining his professorship at Kings College, London.
Justin Schlosberg
Senior lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of
London, specialising in the relationship between media, power and democracy.
Schlosberg helped establish the Media Reform Coalition, which seeks a more just,
accountable and democratic media. Its recent report, published in September 2018,
is Labour, Antisemitism and the News – A disinformation paradigm.
Mark Thomas
Comedian, presenter, political satirist and journalist from south London. He first
became known as a guest comic on the BBC Radio 1 comedy show The Mary
Whitehouse Experience. His show Check Up – Our NHS @70 is currently touring UK
theatres.
Jackie Walker
Jackie Walker is a black, Jewish activist. She has been a teacher, education advisor on
Equalities and Development Education and a community organiser. She has lectured
and spoken across the UK and further afield. As vice chair of her local Labour Party in
South Thanet she was a leading figure in the campaign to defeat UKIP’s Nigel Farage
in the 2015 general election. Jackie campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn to become Labour Party leader and was vice chair of Momentum. Her award-winning family memoir,
Pilgrim State, is on many university syllabuses, and her one woman show The
Lynching has toured in the UK and overseas.


Film team:
Jon Pullman, director
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, executive producer
Director’s biography:
Jon Pullman is an activist and filmmaker with a particular interest in the Middle
East, where he has travelled widely. He has produced several short documentaries on
Palestine, including Children in Chains, about child prisoners under Israeli military
occupation. WitchHunt is Pullman’s first feature-length documentary.
Images and promotional materials:
Film website: witchhuntfilm.org
Trailer: https://youtu.be/32sarO26Kvg
Preview screener: available on request
Promotional materials are available on request, and also uploaded here:
https://witchhuntfilm.org/resources/
For further information please contact:
Witchhuntfilm1@gmail.com