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L’estigma? (The Stigma?)

The Stigma? is a documentary by Martí Sans that explores and reflects on the genesis and sticking with the anti-Jewish prejudice in the current Spain and it has the participation of fifteen experts. This project has involved three years of work, including a year and half research.

On April 26th 2014 The Stigma? was premiered in Poland, as part of the 10th Jewish Motifs International Film Festival, wich was held at Kino Muranów of Warsaw.

On March 19th 2014 The Stigma? was premiered in the United States, as part of the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. The film closed the 17th edition of the Festival and they hold a concluding round table in which its director Marti Sans took part.

On November 28th 2013 The Stigma? iwas premiered in Alcaniz as part of the “Curso Interdisciplinar de Humanidades”

On November 14th 2013 it was premiered in the ArtisticMetropol in Madrid. The premiere of The Stigma? in Madrid was a success with a big audience and Gustavo Perednik was present via Skype. Gabriel Albiac and Marti Sans entered into a discussion that lasted almost one hour. Given the large attendance at the cinema it was extended for two days.

On October 29th 2013 The Stigma? was screened in the Film Archive Theater, being part of the projections of the films which are candidate to be nominated for the Gaudí Awards. The film was presented by Octavio Martin, assistant manager of the Film Archive, the writer Lolita Bosch and the author Marti Sans. At the end of the screening the director Marti Sans answered all questions.

The stigma? was selected to be part of the International Film Festival of No Violence and Environment (NOVMA FILM FESTIVAL) which was held in Santander (Colombia) from 2th to 6th October 2013

On September 24th 2013 The Stigma? was released at the Cinema Truffaut in Girona. Marti Sans and the writer Lolita Bosch entered into a discussion with the audience.

On May 2th, 2013 at 10:35 pm. it will be broadcasted on Canal 33 “Televisió de Catalunya” (Catalan Television) in the program “El Documental”

On February 5th, 2013 was presented at the “Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival” of Uruguay, winning First Prize – public vote – for Best Long Documentary.

On January 27th, 2013 was released in “Cinemes Girona de Barcelona”, repeating the good welcome. The premiere was part of the official commemoration of “International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” and, after the screening, there was a debate between three of the subjects of the film: the Doctor of Philosophy and Theology Josep Montserrat, writer Vicenç Villatoro, political science professor Xavier Torrens, the director Martí Sans and the audience.

On June 6th, 2012 was presented at the 14th edition of “Barcelona Jewish Film Festival” with great public and critical success.

Opinions on the documentary:

“…It’s great news the magnificent documentary that opens today. Titled
The Stigma? is a work of Martí Sans which examine minutely the current news of the anti-Jewish prejudice, unfortunately as alive as ever”
Pilar Rahola (La Vanguardia)

“The documentary, which has something of ideological and intimate conversion, makes us part to a discovery with no inhibitions.”
David Castillo (El Punt Avui)

“Martí Sans has achieved a thorough witness to a deeply ingrained prejudice in Spain. With the strength of the documentary format and the tenderness of the familiar, The Stigma? reveals an open secret: that hatred continues to stalk the unsuspecting and naïve ones. This is a film that has the potential to change the lives of those who watch it without prejudice, always for the best.”
Gustavo Perednik (Writer. Author of Judeophobia)

The Stigma?: A document that shows how ignorance nourishes itself related to the beliefs of others and how easily a stereotype can be invented and established, again and again, until it gets to deflect and distort the history of coexistence.”
Jorge Wagensberg (physical and museologist)

The Stigma? achieves the very useful purpose of art: to make us question our own prejudices. The most intimate and seemingly entrenched. A critical and rigorous documentary on how we look at others and think that we are different.”
Lolita Bosch (Writer)

“Talking about our attitude to the Jews, as in The Stigma?, is talking deep down about ourselves. About our values, our fears and our principles. The Jewish world is in the midst of the world of all of us and often acts as a mirror to us.”
Vicenç Villatoro (Writer)

“A lucid diagnosis of the state of Catalan public opinion regarding the Jewish people.”
Jaume Renyer (Writer and jurist)

The Stigma?, a documentary that everyone should see at least once.”
Lluís Bassat (Publicist)

The Stigma? has excellence and innovation because it takes us into the documentaries of advanced countries that addresses current Jewish life.”
Xavier Torrens (Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona)

Synopsis:

The Stigma? is born out of the personal need of his author, Martí Sans, the need to explain himself why during 50 years he had ignored almost everything about a tradition that is part of our cultural and genetic legacy. The immersion in the little Jewish community in Barcelona forced him to reconsider his own prejudice.
Judaism is one of the basic pillars of our culture. A historical enigma that has always irritated the West, which knowing itself to be dependent on it, tries to dissociate itself from it. A contradiction experienced with anguish throughout history and many times dealt with in a tragic way.
Through interviews with fifteen experts, the documentary unreels the history and mutations of Judeophobia, from the Christian accusation of “deicide” until the emergence of the modern state of Israel. The ignorance and rejection of Judaism are still present in many sectors of our society. The Stigma? proposes to challenge key ideas inherited from centuries of misunderstanding and intolerance that deserve to be rethought.

With the participation:

Gabriel Albiac, Philosopher and writer
Enric Cortès, Capuchin. Doctor of Holy Scripture
Joan B. Culla, Historian and writer
Maria Josep Estanyol, Ph.D. in Semitic Philology, University of Barcelona
Malka González, Psychologist, descendant of conversos
Andreu Lascorz, Hebraist
Josep Ramon Magdalena, Professor of Hebrew Culture at the University of Barcelona
Josep Monseny, Psychoanalyst
Josep Montserrat, Theologian and former priest. Author of The Christian Synagogue
Gustavo Perednik, Writer. Author of Judeophobia
Pilar Rahola, Writer and journalist
Jaume Renyer, Writer and jurist
Xavier Torrens, Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona
Eugenio Trias, Philosopher. Author of Thinking Religion
Vicenç Villatoro, Writer and journalist

Technical file:

Title: The Stigma?
Director: Martí Sans
Producers: Martí Sans and Pablo Sánchez
Scriptwriters: Martí Sans and Marçal Cebrian
Genre: Documentary
Format: HD
Duration: 73 min.
Company: Altervideo
Year: 2013
Theme: The Stigma? explores and reflects on the genesis and sticking with the anti-Jewish prejudice

Press:

19/03/14
Article: Institut Ramon Llull

11/03/14
Article by George Robinson (The Jewish Week)

04/12/13
Linda Jimenez interviews Martí Sans in English Corner by Radio Sefarad

28/02/13
Ada Castells interviews Martí Sans. Time Out

28/01/13
Article by Manel Bosch. elSingulardigital.cat

27/01/13
Article by Pilar Rahola. La Vanguardia

25/01/13
Article by David Castillo. El Punt Avui

25/01/13
Martí Sans Interview /Premiere. Radio Sefarad

24/01/13
Premiere in “Cinemes Girona”. El plan B. BTV

15/01/13
Gabi Yacubovich interviews Martí Sans. Ara.cat

16/12/12
The Stigma? in the “Seminario Internacional sobre Antisemitismo”. TV Shalom. TVE

13/11/12
“I Seminario Internacional sobre Antisemitismo en Cataluña”. Radio Sefarad

06/06/12
Article by Jaume Renyer. VilaWeb.cat

25/05/12
Martí Sans interview / Jewish Film Festival. Radio Sefarad

22/05/12
Martí Sans interview / FCJB. elSingulardigital.cat

22/05/12
Martí Sans in “No t’ho perdis” Canal 33

Videos:

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