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Children of the Inquisition: Virtual film screening on October 25 & 26, Guest speakers on October 27, 28, & 29

Past Sessions
Thursday, October 29, 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Zoom
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Zoom
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781 - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Zoom
Monday, October 26, 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781 - 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM - Zoom
Sunday, October 25, 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781 - 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM - Zoom

Children of the Inquisition Official Trailer (2019) from on Vimeo.

“Children of the Inquisition” is a fascinating reconsideration of history and identity as it unearths the long-hidden secrets of what happened to the people forced to convert or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Their stories are told through contemporary descendants, many of whom are just now discovering their once problematic Jewish roots.

“Children of the Inquisition” takes us on a journey to unearth 500 years of diaspora and hidden history. Through their discoveries of their families’ flights to safety, our characters come to understand how their ancestors shaped history and how their perilous history shaped their identities.

After 6 years of shooting in 12 cities spanning 4 continents, “Children of the Inquisition” is more than just a film. It’s an opportunity to better understand our complex world and identities. At this time of unprecedented divisiveness, “Children of the Inquisition” shows how much commonality we share.

Speaker Series

October 27th:  Intergenerational Trauma 

October 28th:  Why Don't We Know This History? 

October 29th:  Feeling and Finding your Identity with Adam Brown, Keith Stokes and Genie Milgrom

Guest Speaker Biographies (Click each name, below, to see full biography)


Director:  Joseph Lovett

Joe%20Lovett%20headshot.jpg“Children of the Inquisition” director Joseph Lovett, a Providence born New York filmmaker is happy to be returning to RIFF where his first feature film “The Accident” about family tragedy, loss, and remembrance screened 20 years ago. Since then Joe has produced and/or directed six more documentary feature films that have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Vancouver, and have shown all over the world.

Joe was a top producer at ABC’s 20/20 during its first ten years and then opened Lovett Stories and Strategies. The company has also produced over 35 hours of primetime network programming, plus countless educational and corporate films.

Joe has been lauded for his groundbreaking investigative work on AIDS at 20/20 and the ABC network. He won the distinguished George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy nomination and the Christopher Award for his “Cancer: Evolution to Revolution” produced for HBO. His film “Going Blind: Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss” produced with Hilary Klotz Steinman, has aired for years on public television stations. His film “Gay Sex in the 70s” (Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance Channel) about the emergence of a gay male sexual identity during the 12 years from the Stonewall Riots to the first reported AIDS cases, has become a classic referenced in gender and sexuality studies.

Joe hopes that, in this era of unprecedented racial and ethnic divisiveness, “Children of the Inquisition” will show audiences just how arbitrary boundaries are and how our supposed differences often disguise the bonds we share. The human gene pool is very small and understanding our commonalities makes us stronger.

Joe now lives and works in New York’s Soho with his husband James Cottrell who is an executive producer of “Children of the Inquisition”.



Producer:  Hilary Klotz Steinman

Hilary Klotz Steinman is an Emmy Award winning independent documentary filmmaker, and has been producing investigative, veritè, and historical documentary films for over 25 years. She is also native Rhode Islander, born and bred in Westerly. Together with director Joe Lovett, Hilary travelled across the US and to Spain, Brazil, and Europe to produce “Children of the Inquisition.”

In 2016, Hilary was proud to screen “Death By Design,” at the RIFF. This documentary, produced by Hilary and directed by Sue Williams, shines a searing light on the unintended environmental consequences of our addiction to our digital devices.

Other recent projects include working with Alex Gibney’s production company, Jigsaw Productions, to develop the CNN series “Death Row Stories,” and “Going Blind,” a Lovett Stories and Strategies documentary film that follows six recently blind people as they move forward with their lives. 

Hilary won an Emmy award for co-producing “The Pill,” about the history of the birth control pill and its impact on American lives for the PBS series “American Experience.” As a follow up to “The Pill,” Hilary produced and directed, “Test Tube Babies,” the story behind the development of in-vitro fertilization in America, for “American Experience.” Hilary has also been honored with the Christopher Award and an Emmy nomination for the PBS series “Slavery and the Making of America,” and an Emmy nomination for her research on the Bill Moyers PBS series “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.” 

Hilary’s work has also been featured on PBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC, and she has had the pleasure of working on projects ranging from modern Chinese history, the history of New York City, and the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, to foster care youth “aging out” of the system, the diabetes epidemic in America and loopholes in gun control laws.



Ph.D, is a founder and Past-President of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC):  Sam Gerson

Sam Gerson, Ph.D. is a founder and Past-President of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) where he is currently on the faculty and serves as a Training and Supervising Analyst. Dr. Gerson is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and an Editor for Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. In 2007 he received the "Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of Genocide and the Holocaust" from the International Psychoanalytic Association for his paper entitled "When the Third is Dead: Memory, Mourning and Witnessing in the Aftermath of the Holocaust"; this paper was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009. This year at the IPA Congress in Prague he presented his current work entitled "'Mourning and Melancholia' After the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Suicides of Jean Amery, Paul Celan, and Primo Levi". In addition to his research and writing about massive trauma, Dr. Gerson's work covers a variety of aspects of psychopathology; his most recent published paper is entitled "Hysteria and Humiliation" and appeared in Psychoanalytic Dialogues in October, 2011 Tribeca.  Recipient of the Hayman Award given by the International Psychoanalytic Association for my writing about the Holocaust, Also, that I am an illegal immigrant to the US, having been born in a DP camp in Germany and came to the US with a false name and visa due to restrictions on Jewish immigration after WW II.



MA, LMSW, Founder of I Wish Everybody Knew®, Psychotherapist in private practice and adjunct faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytical Studies:  Ana Lehrhaupt

Ana Lehrhaupt was born in Uruguay. Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who arrived in the early 1900’s. In Uruguay Ana earned a degree in Psychology from the Universidad de la República and was in private practice before moving internationally. She lived and worked in Argentina, France and later moved to the US with her husband and three children. She settled in Texas where she obtained a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies focused in cultural anthropology and migration from the University of Texas at Austin and later a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston. Ana lives in Houston where she is a psychotherapist in private practice and adjunct faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytical Studies. Ana is the Founder of I Wish Everybody Knew®, a pro-bono program to listen, document and share immigrant and refugee life stories. Tribeca



MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital:  Anna Balas

Dr. Anna Balas is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Training & Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She has had a private adult and child psychiatry practice in Manhattan for over 35 years. Dr. Balas is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as of 2018. She has co-taught a class at the New York Psychoanalytic Society on Psychic Trauma for many years and in prior years has taught classes on The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, The Self and Narcissism, Universal Fantasies, and Latency and Preadolescence. Tribeca



Rabbi at B'nai Zion of El Paso and founder of the Anousim Center:  Rabbi Stephen Leon

Rabbi Stephen Leon, Rabbi Emeritus of B'nai Zion of El Paso, and founder of the Anousim Center, has been working with crypto-Jewish families looking to explore their Jewish roots for over 30 years. His life work has included letting the world know about the different, intersecting lines of the Sephardic diaspora. Rabbi Leon has written a book on his work " The Third Commandment and the Return of the Anusim, a Rabbi's Memoir of an Incredible People".



Genealogist and Global Speaker on DNA: Genie Milgrom

·   Genealogist and Global Speaker on DNA

·   Pioneered  a method to trace Jewish Lineages to the 1400s

·   Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado State University

·   Past President of the Society of Jewish Genealogy of Greater Miami

·   President of Tarbut Sefarad Fermoselle in Barcelona

  • Current Director of Bnei Anusim for for Community Outreach
  • Director of Education to the Bnei Anusim of Latin America and coordinator for these isolated communities .

·   Author of My 15 GrandmothersHow I found my 15 GrandmothersPyre to Fire and The Recipes of my 15 Grandmothers all available on Amazon in English and Spanish

·   Some of the books have been translated to Hebrew, Yiddish and Farsi

·   Speaker at the Knesset (Parliament in Israel)

·   Speaker at the Press Box at the EU Parliament in Brussels

·   Spoken Internationally in Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Ecuador, Uruguay, Denmark, Argentina and many more countries

·   Winner of the 2015 and 2018 and 2020 Latino Author Book Award

·   Winner of the Literary Titan Silver award for the book, Pyre to Fire and 2019  for the Best seller Recipes of My 15 Grandmothers,Winner of the 2020 Latino Author Award for the Recipes of the 15 Grandmothers

·   Recipient of a Genealogy Award from the State of Florida as well as from the International Association of Jewish Genealogists for her extensive work

·   Recipient of the High honor of the Medal of the Four Sephardic Synagogues from Jerusalem



PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Director, Judaic Studies, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, University of Arizona:   David L. Graizbord

David L. Graizbord's pictureDavid Graizbord is a historian of early modern and modern Jews. To date his research has focused mostly on the Western Sephardi Diaspora of the seventeenth century. In particular, Graizbord's writing approaches questions of religious, social, and political identity as these questions shaped the lives of so-called "New Christians" or "conversos" from the Iberian Peninsula who became Jews in exile.  He has also written about Judeophobia and the culture of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions; marginality and dissidence in Jewish and Ibero-Catholic societies of the seventeenth century; ethnicity and religion among Sephardim from medieval times to the 1700s; and converso trading networks in the Atlantic. More recently he has published research on Jewish ethnic identity and Zionism among American Jews. His book, The New Zionists: Young American Jews, Jewish National Identity, and Israel, was issued by Rowman & Littlefield in 2020.  Graizbord teaches undergraduate courses on Jewish civilization, medieval and early modern Jewish history, modern Jewish history, Jewish mysticism (its history and principal phenomena), the Spanish Inquisition, and, occasionally, the history of Antisemitism.  His repertoire of graduate courses--offered primarily to students in the History Department's Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies--focuses on early modern Jewish history and Ibero-Catholic history.  Graizbord serves as Program Leader of the UofA's faculty-led Summer Study Abroad Program, "Arizona in Israel."  



Project Administrator of the Avotaynu DNA study:  Adam Brown

Adam is a frequent lecturer on genealogical subjects at conferences all over the world, is Managing Editor of, and was National Co-Chair of the IAJGS 2017 conference in Orlando. A strategic planner by profession, he has led numerous boards and commissions pertaining to municipal planning and finance, Jewish education, and scientific research in Israel.



Vice President with the 1696 Heritage Group:  Keith Stokes

Mr. Stokes is presently Vice President with the 1696 Heritage Group. The 1696 Heritage Group is a historical consulting firm dedicated to helping persons and institutions of color to increase their knowledge and access to the light of truth of their unique American heritage. The firm draws on extensive knowledge and experience in ethnic American historical research, interpretation, program and product development.
Mr. Stokes has a long and distinguished career in business and community development, with degrees from Cornell University and University of Chicago. His past professional positions have included Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.
He has also been an Advisor for Rhode Island with the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with serving on numerous regional and national historic preservation boards including Chairman of the Touro Synagogue Foundation, Vice President & Trustee of the Preservation Society for Newport County, and Newport Historical Society.  Mr. Stokes is a frequent national, state and local lecturer in community & regional planning, historic preservation and interpretation with an expertise in early African and Jewish American history.  Mr. Stokes frequently appears on national historical programs including C-SPAN, Fox News Legends & Lies, and Ted Talk. Mr. Stokes recently travelled to Ghana, Africa to deliver a lecture as part of the 400th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
He has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards including the United State Small Business Administration - Rhode Island Small Business Advocate of the Year Award, American Sail Training Association 

Please Note:  Kol Emeth will have virtual screening privileges for "Children of the Inquisition" for two days, Sunday, October 25 and Monday, October 26. Please note that the link to view the film will not be valid after 11:59pm PDT on October 26. Please register below by Friday, October 23 to receive a link to view the film on your device.

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