Hollywood film director and TV showrunner Victor Migalchan has fought antisemitic bullying and other forms of hatred since he was young. Now, through his professional work, Migalchan seeks to promote social unity on-screen.
“I think it is important to bring people together from different backgrounds to share their cultures and journeys with each other,” he told the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM). “This way, we will wipe out all the hate, all the conflict, and we can change this world into a better place.”
The TV series “My American Family,” for example, which was created by Migalchan, has scenes portraying authentic Jewish culture in almost every episode.
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Migalchan, who was born in Ukraine, is also a volunteer martial arts and self-defense instructor.
“I think it’s very important, especially now, not just to be physically fit, but be emotionally and mentally strong enough to carry the spirit of a martial artist, of a warrior, and not let anybody step on you,” he said.
“Hate has been always an easy path and has broken so many families, careers, and lives,” Migalchan noted. “It is easier to hate than to learn, but easier doesn’t mean good. Hate is a path of the weak and a path of no return. There is no need to throw away your future for hate. There was never a successful movement based on hate.”
“My great-grandfathers helped Jewish people, hiding and protecting them [during the Holocaust],” he recalled. “They didn’t choose the path of the weak, I carry this strength of the great ancestors and send my message to all of you. Choose strength.”
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