The Believer (2001) was written and directed by Henry Bean. It premiered at Sundance in 2001, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, and had its theatrical release in May 2002 in New York City.
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic worldview. Based on the true story of a KKK member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. The Believer explores a Jewish student’s private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. The Believer examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole.
Ryan Gosling (Danny Balint), Summer Phoenix (Carla Moebius), Billy Zane (Curtis Zampf), Theresa Russell (Lina Moebius), Glenn Fitzgerald (Drake), Garret Dillahunt (Billings), Kris Eivers (Carleton), Joel Garland (O.L.)
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