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  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • Felipe Wolokita
  • Dani Rotstein
  • Ofer Laszewicki
  • Anita Bruvere

The Spanish island of Mallorca has a long and shameful history of Jewish persecution, from the Inquisition of the 15th century to the “auto-da-fé” rituals where Jews were burned at the stake. Xueta Island considers the plight of their descendants, divested of basic rights and forced to internalize their trauma, and ponders the current state of Judaism on Mallorca.

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Director

Felipe Wolokita

Director

Dani Rotstein

Director

Ofer Laszewicki

Director

Anita Bruvere

Program Features

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Anita Bruvere United Kingdom, 2019, English

Anita Bruvere’s prizewinning documentary short uses newspapers and fabrics to bring to life the saga of an East End London residence that sheltered refugees for 300 years, from Irish weavers to Jewish tailors. A mixture of 2D and stop-motion animation provides the aesthetic for this unique meditation on belonging.

1h 3m
Xueta Island

Felipe Wolokita, Dani Rotstein, Ofer Laszewicki

N.Y. Premiere Spain, 2021, Catalan with English subtitles

The Spanish island of Mallorca has a long and shameful history of Jewish persecution, from the coerced baptisms that forced holdouts to keep their faith a secret (“crypto Jews”) to the Inquisition of the 15th century to the “auto-da-fé” rituals of the late 1600s, where Jews were publicly burned at the stake. The Xuetas are their heirs, bearing 15 surnames associated with Judaism and stigmatized accordingly. Forced to intermarry and divested of basic rights, their ordeal has long been compounded by a taboo against broaching the past, requiring them to internalize their trauma. Filmmaker Dani Rotstein, an American Jew, became fascinated by the heritage of these descendants, who’ve managed against all odds to influence the island’s culinary and commercial character. In Xueta Island, Rotstein and his co-directors ponder the current state of Judaism on Mallorca and reasons for optimism about the future.

Bonus Content

1m
New York Jewish Film Festival 2022 Official Trailer
32m
Xueta Island Q+A

Q+A with Dani Rotstein and Felipe Wolokita.

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