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[VIRTUAL] Film and Talkback: Children of the Inquisition

Date: February 28, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Executive Producer and Director of the film, Joseph Lovett, for a talk back with Award-winning novelist Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon, a novel about the crypto-Jews of New Mexico, about this fascinating film that challenges our ideas about history, identity, and possibly our understanding of Judaism.

Children of the Inquisition is a reexamination of history and identity in a 2- hour documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. The film looks at what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often-nuanced Jewish roots. The film’s storytellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and this buried history. The discoveries of these flights to safety over the past 500 years give a new perspective to the world events we face today.

Click HERE to see a preview of the film.

Audience members have 72 hours to screen the documentary starting at 6 pm on February 25th. An email with the link to screen the documentary will be emailed out on the morning of February 24th.

Sunday, February 28 | 6 - 7 pm | $10


Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, whose films have informed, engaged and inspired people into action. After working at ABC News 20/20 as director/producer, Joe founded Lovett Productions in 1989. Joe has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, including the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award.

Mary Morris is the author of sixteen books, including, Gateway to the Moon. The germ of the idea for this book began over thirty years ago when Morris lived in the Southwest and became aware of the crypto-Jew of New Mexico. In 2015 she delved into that history, traveling to Spain and Portugal, to Paris where she studied the famous Columbus map, and back to New Mexico. The novel, published in 2018, has been both a critical and commercial success. Currently she is working on a sequel about the Jews of Jamaica that will be published in 2022.

Click HERE to see a preview of Gateway to the Moon


This program is presented in partnership Temple Kol Ami, Laurence Family JCC-Jacobs Campus, Osher Marin JCC, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Oshman Family JCC, Boulder Hadassah, Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, Chicago JCC, Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, Miami Beach JCC, Barshop Jewish Community Center, United Jewish Community of the VA Peninsula, Tuscon JCC, JCC of Northern NJ, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver