Based on actual events in the 1990s, this film follows the legal suit taken by Holocaust denier David Irving against noted historian Deborah Lipstadt forcing her to prove that the holocaust actually took place.
This may seem like an open and shut case, but Irving realized the country in which he initiated his libel has different laws than Deborah’s homeland of America. In Ameriica, you are innocent until proven guilty. In England, you are guilty until proven innocent. And Deborah, in her books, she has taken on the deniers and, if her claims are false, has libeled them. So, she enters into the case guilty of libel.
So Deborah’s legal team must instead prove the Holocaust happened and that Irving lied about the evidence. The problem is, the Nazis were very careful to destroy any evidence that could be used in a forensic manner in a coirt of law.
So, forensics are scarce, and as such it basically comes down to a ‘he said, she said’, which puts the trump card in Irving’s hand.
Using Auschwitz, the defense must prove the Holocaust.
A gripping and riveting courtroom drama, with Irving acting as his own lawyer in hopes that he can emotionally rip apart Deborah or any Auschwitz survivors they may decide to call to the stand. Hence, the decision not to have Deborah or Auschwitz survivors testify.
(3.5 stars out of 5)