|Directed by:||Shaul Kesslassi||Rating:||TV-PG|
|Release Date:||2011||Running Time:||30 min|
|Language:||Portugese with English subtitles||Genre:||Documentary|
|Category:||History & Remembrance|
In 1492, more than 100,000 Jewish refugees were expelled from Spain and crossed the border to Portugal, near the villages of Castelo de Vide and Marvao, reinforcing the native and vibrant Jewish community of Portugal. But in 1496, four years after the Jews were expelled from Spain, a political maneuver taken by King Manuel of Portugal had a destructive impact on the Jewish community of Portugal. Unlike in Spain, where Jews got to choose between conversion or expulsion, Portugal had a majority of Jews baptized by force.
This visual journey through Jewish Portugal recollects their heritage of first being Jews and later as New Christians. Some historians claim that in 1497 and before they were forced to convert, Jews made up one-fifth of the total Portuguese population. Though the present Jewish community of Portugal is one of the smallest in the world, many Portuguese veins runs with Jewish blood.