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Viewing & Discussion of Documentary XUETA ISLAND
May 4, 2023 @ 9:00 am - May 10, 2023 @ 11:59 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting
SPECIAL FREE PROGRAM
Watch film: thru May 10
Discussion on Zoom: May 7 @ 1:30 pm EDT
Join the JGSGB from the comfort of your home for the Boston premiere of this independent documentary.
The Spanish island of Majorca has a secret history — a group of families has been discriminated against for centuries because their surnames have a connection to a once suppressed Jewish heritage. Xueta Island explores the fascinating legacy of the Xuetas (pronounced Chuetas): a unique group of families on the Balearic Island of Majorca who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population. Most of the families were forced to renounce their Judaism, officially converted and functionally “eliminated” Jewish life in Majorca. Yet many continued to practice their Judaism in secret.
The story follows Dani Rotstein, a Jewish-American expat who moved to the island recently and quickly became fascinated with the story, a story that considers fundamental questions of human nature such as historical memory; identity and belonging; generational clashes; and the preservation of tradition.
Dani Rotstein currently works as a social activist and filmmaker on the island, where he uses discoveries from his ongoing investigation to give added context to touring the winding streets of the medieval Jewish quarter. To find out more about the film go to https://xuetaislandthemovie.com/
⇒ Available through May 10 – watch the free Boston premiere of the film, Xueta Island on your home device.
Click link to view film – https://vimeo.com/629958675
Film will be available starting at 9:00 am EDT on Thursday May 4 and close on Wednesday, May 10 at 11:59 pm.
⇒ On Sunday, May 7th at 1:30 pm join a discussion and
Q & A with co-director Dani Rotstein via ZOOM
Download the speaker’s handout here