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This is a 3-screens-video shedding light on the contemporary phenomena of rediscovery and return to Judaism by descendants of the Anussim in Brazil, 500 years after their forefathers were forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition in Spain.

Most of these Anussim are facing rejection by the communities they live in, the Jews of Brazil, the State of Israel, the rabbinic establishment and sometimes even by their own families. Nevertheless, they choose to remain faithful to their way of life.

At my first visit to Brazil in 2011, I heard about the Anussim in Brazil. The subject fascinated me and made me start my journey wishing to understand their story.

The video consists of my conversations with these people, as well as with historians, anthropologists, a psychoanalyst and two rabbis, who contribute their professional point of view on the subject.

My personal “Brazil experience” appears in images I collected during my filming journey. The markets, the sea, Evangelist preachers, passersby’s portraits in the heart of downtown São Paulo, a collection of colors and sounds.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Counting the Stars

This is a 3-screens-video shedding light on the contemporary phenomena of rediscovery and return to Judaism by descendants of the Anussim in Brazil, 500 years after their forefathers were forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition in Spain.

Most of these Anussim are facing rejection by the communities they live in, the Jews of Brazil, the State of Israel, the rabbinic establishment and sometimes even by their own families. Nevertheless, they choose to remain faithful to their way of life.

At my first visit to Brazil in 2011, I heard about the Anussim in Brazil. The subject fascinated me and made me start my journey wishing to understand their story.

The video consists of my conversations with these people, as well as with historians, anthropologists, a psychoanalyst and two rabbis, who contribute their professional point of view on the subject.

My personal “Brazil experience” appears in images I collected during my filming journey. The markets, the sea, Evangelist preachers, passersby’s portraits in the heart of downtown São Paulo, a collection of colors and sounds.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis