Out of Spain
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(Apr 22, 2008)
Finally, after 500 years, a comprehensive and unique work on Sephardic Jewish history. This spectacular journey through Spain is guided by Yitzhak Navon, fifth president of the State of Israel, and former Minister of Education. Navon takes you deep into the heart of Spain - to places such as Toledo, and Cordova - to visit historical sites and recent discoveries that tell the story of the Jews in Spain, Portugal and Majorca. Accompanying this moving journey is authentic, traditional Jewish-Sephardic 'Ladino' music. This captivating documentary, produced by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, is a must for every home!
*** (3 stars) A fascinating journey. --Video Librarian
Yitzhak Navon is the perfect host, smooth-tongued and eloquent. Director Yigal Lossin, the creator of Pillar of Fire, along with producer Naomi Kaplansky, succeed in creating a magical and fascinating tapestry of sights and sounds, and most important, the spirit of the Jews of old which continues to pervade the area to this day. --Tal Bashan, Maariv (major Israeli daily)
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This spectacular journey through Spain is guided by Yitzhak Navon, fifth president of the State of Israel, and former Minister of Education. Navon takes you deepinto the heart of Spain - to places such as Toledo, and Cordova - to visit historical sites and recent discoveries that tell the story of the Jews in Spain, Portugal and Majorca.
Some of the most startling details include the story of "The Holy Child of La Guardia", a famous mediaval blood-libel that was invented by Torquemada as an excuse to kill and expel the Jews of Toledo and La Guardia. Navon and his crew walk around and interview people on the street, who all still believe that the story is true, even though there has not been a Jew living in their town for more than 500 years.