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500 Years Of Hidden History In “Children Of The Inquisition”

The Public’s Radio, Rhode Island – James Baumgartner and Chuck Hinman – November 6th, 2019

The Public’s Radio interviews director Joseph Lovett who in his film looks at what happened to the Jewish families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions.

The Times of Israel: How Jews expelled from Spain forged a diaspora with ties to 25% of Latin America

Film ‘Children of the Inquisition’ examines forced conversion of Sephardim from the Iberian Peninsula 500 years ago and why their descendants still feel ripple effects. Rich Tenorio is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in international, national, regional and local media outlets. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Tenorio interviews director Joseph Lovett and reviews Children of the Inquisition.

Local producer’s ‘Children of the Inquisition’ to premiere at R.I. film festival, August 2019

Nancy Burns-Fusaro – August 9th, 2019

Nancy Burns-Fusaro, the arts & culture editor for The Westerly Sun, reviews Children of the Inquisition which will be screened at the Rhode Island Film Festival on August 11th, 2019. The film, “Children of the Inquisition,” is about descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions and their quest to determine and embrace their Sephardic Jewish heritage. Klotz, a Westerly native and producer of the film, said Friday that the production has deep Rhode Island roots… Read More…

Film, ‘Children of the Inquisition,’ has deep RI roots

The Warwick Beacon – August 9th, 2019

The Warwick Beacon reviews the film Children of the Inquisition and calls it a “remarkable reconsideration of history and identity”. This international story has strong Rhode Island roots. Providence-born director Joseph Lovett is a graduate of Moses Brown School. A Peabody award winning filmmaker, Joe first learned of the Inquisition when in 1958 Rabbi William Braude of Temple Beth El in Providence gave a sermon “Todos Catolicos – Everyone is Catholic” about Spanish Catholic families who had been converted from Judaism in the years prior to and during the Inquisition. Thirteen-year-old Joe was fascinated that something that happened 500 years ago could still affect people today…Read More…

Children of the Inquisition: A Film Whose Time Has Come, June 2019

Corinne J. Brown – June, 2019

Corinne J. Brown, the Colorado-based writer, reviews Children of the Inquisition for the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies’ publication Ha Lapid. The film will be screened on June 5, 2019, at BMH Synagogue in Denver.

Visit the BMH Synagogue’s website here.

Life After the Inquisition: The Jews of Spain

Fernando Espí Forcén, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago – Winter, 2019

Fernando Espí Forcén, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago writes about Children of the Inquisition for The Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry.  Forcén concludes that “while many Sephardic Jews overseas are now returning or strengthening their ties with their original homeland, it would be fair to say that the Jewish presence never left Spain as every Spanish person in the present day is, at least, a little Jewish.”

JewishBoston – High Interest in “Children of the Inquisition”

 Ellie Goldberg – March 23, 2016

JGSGB welcomed a large audience for Joseph Lovett’s work in progress about descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions and their quest to determine and embrace their Sephardic Jewish roots… Read More…

HaLapid – Children of the Inquisition

Autumn/Winter 2015 Issue

In October, Joe traveled to Israel to present clips from “Children of the Inquisition” Knesset Anusim Caucus conference in Jerusalem… Read More…

The Jerusalem Post – Striking Another Historical Blow

Gil Zohar – October 22nd, 2015

More than half a millennium after an infamous Dominican monk (1420-1498) one of the most feared and reviled men in history, founded the Spanish Inquisition purge to his country of “heresy”… Read More…

El Mundo – Conversos Request Passage After Five Centuries

Sal Emergui – May 11th, 2015

José Manuel Laureiro, de 60 años, viene de una familia republicana. Su padre luchó en la Resistencia en Francia. Cuando en el Madrid de los 60 decían en su casa aquello de “nosotros y ellos”, el pequeño José Manuel lo asociaba con republicanos y franquicias… Read More…

El Adelantado – An American Team Shoots Documentary about the Inquisition in the Jewish Quarter of Segovia

Gonzalo Ayuso – April 18th, 2015

La Judería de Segovia y otros lugares de la ciudad han sido elegidos por el equipo de rodaje del largometraje documental ‘Children of de Inquisition’ (Hijos de la Inquisición), un ambicioso proyecto que sigue la huella de descendientes de judíos españoles y portugueses, así como de conversos, repartidos por todo el mundo… Read More…

Hadassah Magazine – Retracing Old Footsteps

Rahel Musleah – February/March 2015

“Something in me has awoken. I can’t explain it but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’m Jewish. There are no Jews where I live [in New Mexico]. I was raised Catholic but in Catholic school they would say I didn’t look it. My parents put a huge Star of David with our Christmas lights. I need proof. I need your help. I’m begging you. Please point me in the right direction.” Genie Milgrom receives hundreds of emails like this one every year… Read More…

La Granada Interim Issue – Interview with Joe Lovett

Debbie Wohl Issard – January, 2015

A fascinating trans-media project has been brewing for the past four years. Award-winning film journalist Joseph Lovett, well known for a distinguished
career producing ground-breaking documentaries on emergent public health issues, now turns his journalist’s attention to a subject that has fascinated him for many years, the legacies of the Jews who fled the Inquisition and Expulsion from Spain in 1492… Read More…

My Heritage Blog – Family History: Movies and Documentaries

March 20th, 2014

Genealogy continually gains popularity around the world, and is increasingly becoming a favorite activity and hobby. More and more people want to research their family history and discover their past… Read More…

Tablet – Joseph Lovett Documents Lives of Converso Jews

Jessica Siegel – February 28th, 2014

For ten years, veteran documentary filmmaker Joseph Lovett has been working on a project close to his heart, Children of the Inquisition, which tells the stories of descendants of Jews who fled Spain and Portugal in 1492—some of whom remained practicing Jews, others who are only now discovering their lineage… Read More…