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About The Film

Imagine discovering a hidden past that shakes your worldview and sense of self. For New York Times journalist Doreen Carvajal, learning of her family's Jewish roots in Spain challenged her Catholic identity and led her on a journey of historical and self-discovery. This documentary follows Carvajal and other descendants of Spanish and Portuguese families and conversos (the Spanish term for Jews converted to Roman Catholicism) as they uncover their complicated and nuanced roots. CHILDREN OF THE INQUISITION uses a familiar travelogue style to trot around the globe and delve into the global mass conversion resulting from the Spanish Inquisition. Original manuscripts dating as far back as the 14th century and oral traditions secretly passed down through the generations unearth hidden histories of the Jews of Spain and Portugal. The film features UW historian Prof. Devin Naar and members of Seattle's Sephardic Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.

Followed by an echar lashon (coffee klatch) with coffee, tea, biscochos, and our special guests.

Special Guests

 joe lovett web headshot Joseph Lovett is an award-winning filmmaker, who after working at ABC News 20/20 as director/producer, founded Lovett Productions in 1989. In 2001, he won a Peabody Award and received an Emmy nomination for writing, producing and directing HBO's Cancer: Evolution to Revolution. His latest film, Going Blind, and its outreach campaign, has ignited awareness to improve access to vision enhancement services. He has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, such as the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award. 
 Devin-Naar-v2 Dr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University. His first book Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece was published in 2017


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Film Details:

Director: Joseph Lovett
Country: USA
Language: English, Portuguese w/subtitles
Running Time: 120m
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: PG-13 - Depictions and descriptions of torture


  • Conversos
  • Sephardic Jews
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Inquisition


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