Sefarad – Austin Jewish Film Festival
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Sefarad

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This sumptuous and absorbing historical drama recounts the story of the Jews in Portugal since 1496, when King Manuel I prohibited Judaism. Officially the Jewish community disappears, although in many villages Crypto-Judaism is kept alive. It is not until the end of the Inquisition in the nineteenth century that the Jews slowly begin to return to Portugal. A small community of Ashkenazi Jews settles in Porto, and these are joined by a Portuguese military officer converted to Judaism, who soon begins to travel, sometimes on horseback, seeking to bring back to official Judaism those who practice crypto-Judaism. This project, although heroic, does not have the desired outcome. But five centuries after Manuel’s edict led to the mass exodus of the Jewish community, a new law promoted their return to the land they had been forced to forsake. With a sweeping look, Sepharad is a timely film that will make you reflect on the true worth of faith, love, and selfless valor. Presented in partnership with B’nai B’rith.

Showtime:

Sunday, February 16, 3:00 PM at Congregation Agudas Achim
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This event is presented in partnership with B’nai B’rith.

 

Dirctor

Luis Ismael

Country

Portugal

Year

2019

Length

94 minutes

Language

English, Portuguese, Yiddish, Hebrew (with subtitle)

Date

December 18, 2019