Children of the Inquisition

A transmedia project that follows descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions as they unravel their complex, often hidden, Jewish identity.
Joseph Lovett
New York, New York
United States
5 Team Members
Children of the Inquisition is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Children of the Inquisition must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

UPDATE 4/8/14:

We've raised $12,000 towards our goal but are still far from getting the funds we need to shoot Doreen's story in Spain. Curious about what we'll be shooting? Read Doreen's recent article for the New York Times Sunday Travel Section. Her breathtaking narrative piece details her journey to Segovia, Spain to uncover her ancestors' escape from the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago.

To learn more about Children of the Inquisition, check out Joe's recent interview in La Granada, the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Newsletter.

We are in our final push to raise funds for the shoot, so if you haven't contributed yet, now is the time. If you have contributed, now is the time to share with your friends, family, religious community, and professional network. You can do so by copying our link and sharing via email and Facebook. Even if we don't reach our final goal, the funds we raise on Indiegogo will help us immensely.

Thank you for your continued support,

Joe Lovett

UPDATE 3/28/14:

We're almost at our 2nd milestone of $10,000! Help us get there! Thank you to everyone who has joined on this project so far.

Many people have asked Joe what gave him the idea to make Children of the Inquisition. Watch what he had to say:

UPDATE 3/13/14:

We've raised over $5,000! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. We still have a ways to go. Please keep spreading the word about our project to your friends and families. And while you're at it, check out a few pictures from our event at Congregation Shearith Israel!

Joe and the Children of the Inquisition Team

UPDATE 3/5/14:

Our indiegogo launch event at Congregation Shearith Israel was a wild success! See photos from the evening on Facebook and read about it on our blog.

The event was written up in Tablet Magazine too! Take a look:

Joseph Lovett Documents Lives of Converso Jews

It's only been a few days since we launched and we're already nearly halfway toward our first milestone of $5,000! Please help us get there! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. We appreciate your support!

Children of the Inquisition

A Transmedia Project

Documentary Film. Interactive Website. Educational Game.

A fascinating story that will take you on a journey with the descendants of the Jews persecuted during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions - through a documentary film, an interactive website, and an educational game.

Joseph Lovett, the visionary of this project, is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have informed, engaged and inspired people into action. Over the years, Joe has been honored with numerous awards from advocacy organizations, including the George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy Nomination, the AIDS Leadership Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award.

Joe will follow each character on a quest to determine and embrace their distant Sephardic Jewish roots. We will use their individual and family journeys to reveal a history of masked and buried identities created by the torture, forced conversions and secrecy of the Inquisitions and ensuing diaspora. The stories explore how the profound historical, cultural and personal impacts of these events can still be felt in our 21st century world.

We have already filmed in Jamaica, El Paso, and the New York City area, but this is a story with a worldwide scope and rich history that needs to be revealed, and our next step (with your help) is to film in Spain.

What We Need                          

The projected date for our shoot in Spain is the Fall of 2014. We will be shooting New York Times writer Doreen Carvajal at the National Archives of Spain in Madrid, where she will find and read the original accusations of heresy against her ancestors. We will contextualize the history of the Spanish Inquisition with footage of historical sites in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Toledo, Cordoba and Girona. For these shoots to happen, we need funding primarily for:

-Travel and crew expenses throughout Spain

-Interview expenses such as shooting permits and production costs

-Editing costs

The footage we shoot in Spain will be vital to our film, providing a visual context to the historical narratives we will be presenting. This footage will also highlight the emotional impact of our characters' experiences as they unravel the mysteries of their identities. With your help, we can make Children of the Inquisition as immersive and engaging as it can be, and tell amazing stories about family histories that have remained hidden for hundreds of years.

If we surpass our goal, the extra funds raised will go toward shoots in Brazil, Turkey and Portugal. Other needs include developing the Children of the Inquisition educational board game and maintaining our interactive website.

Become a Champion!

This project needs champions, whether that means contributing to our funding drive, spreading the word about on social media, sharing your story on our interactive website, hosting events in your own home, getting your organization to become a partner in getting the issues Children of the Inquisition raises out to its membership.

The Power of Ten

If you like what you see, send your contribution and send the link to ten friends and ask them to do the same! 

The Impact

We believe this project will personalize history and move people to explore their family origins. For those on the trail of Sephardic roots, or others who may be unaware of their Jewish identity, our multi-platform project will offer windows and connections to that community. We will invite the public to contribute their own stories to our project, exchange experiences and perspectives and make supportive connections. 

Your donation will directly impact funding the production in Spain, but will also live on through expanding the interactive website and game. The money raised will go towards a creative endeavor spanning these different platforms that truly expresses the powerful message this film will carry about personal identity and how history has shaped it.

About Our Transmedia Format

An interactive, ever-expandable website:

Children of the Inquisition was originally conceived years ago as a multi part PBS series, but with the wealth of information, even that format was too limited. With the advent of the web and growing transmedia opportunities, Children of the Inquisition has been transformed to take advantage of intersecting platforms.

Our interactive website will feature a constantly expanding collection of video interviews with our characters and educational resources about the history of the Spanish Inquisition. In another section of the site, you will be invited to share your family's story in the form of text or a video testimonial.

Still in development, the Children of the Inquisition board game will allow families to play out the secret lives and hidden journeys to safe havens that people took to escape the tortures of the Inquisition.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Support our campaign efforts by clicking "Add to favorites" below the campaign video and commenting on our Indiegogo page
  • Share this link on Facebook and Twitter and via email with your friends and family
  • Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter

Visit our Website to learn about the film and find links to resources to explore this topic more.

And that's all there is to it.

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    A special historically curated Inquisition era dinner for two courtesy of Edible History, an NYC-based historical catering company. Redeemable only in NYC. Plus all the above rewards. (amount over $415 is tax-deductible)

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    Attend a gaming session with the amazing team at Lovett Stories and Strategies to play “Citadels” and “The Resistance” and brainstorm ideas for The Children of the Inquisition’s own board game. Plus all the above rewards. (amount over $435 is tax-deductible)

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    Your Own Family History Video

    Joe will personally interview you about your family's story with cameras rolling. We'll give you a DVD of the interview to keep and cherish as a document of your family's history. Plus all the above rewards. (amount over $445 is tax-deductible)

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