SJFF 2022 | 1618


Luis Ismael | Period Drama | Portugal, 2021 | Portuguese w/subtitles | 85m | PG

In-Person Screening: Sunday, March 27 | 1:30 pm | AMC
Virtual Screening: Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 10

Film: Based on a true story, as the Inquisition continues the persecution of Portuguese Jews, with his family and community in danger, António Álvares, outlines an escape plan.

Event: Sephardic coffee klatch (echar lashon) from Dancing Goats Coffee and biscochos to-go after the show. Details >>

Introduction by Ana M. Gomez-Bravo, UW Professor of Spanish

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Full Film Details:
In 1618, the entire population of Oporto, Portugal was exhorted to denounce heresies under pain of ex-communication. In a city where a large part of the population had Jewish ancestry, over a hundred Conversos were imprisoned, causing terror, mass emigration, and the near-total destruction of the city’s economy. As friction between Porto’s judicial authorities, who had always been on good terms with the “New Christians,” and the inquisitorial visitation reached a fever pitch, and with his family and community in danger, António Álvares, decides to outline an escape plan. This historical period drama is based on a true story.

Director Bio:
Luis Ismael, born Luís Miguel da Rocha Ferreira, is a director and writer, known for Balas & Bolinhos: O Último Capítulo (2012), 1618, and Bad Investigate (2018). View on IMDB.

Film Sponsors

Maureen and Joel Benoliel
Janice Kaplan-Klein and Leslie Klein
David and Celeste Rind in honor of Bernice Rindz”l
Dancing Goats Coffee

Community Partners

Congregation Ezra Bessaroth
Seattle Sephardic Network
Sephardic Studies – UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

Lead Sponsors

Loeb FamilySamis 500x2504 culture

Thank you to all of our sponsors: view here >>.