The documentary arises from the need of its author, Martí Sans, to explain why for 50 years he had ignored almost everything about a tradition that is part of our cultural and genetic legacy. Immersion in the small Jewish community of Barcelona forced him to rethink his own prejudices.
Judaism is one of the basic vectors of our culture. A historical enigma that has always irritated the West, which, knowing that it is dependent on it, tries to detach itself. A contradiction experienced with anguish throughout history and too often resolved tragically. Through interviews with fifteen experts on the subject, the documentary unravels the history and mutations of Judeophobia, from the Christian accusation of “deicide” to the emergence of the modern state of Israel. Ignorance and rejection of Judaism are still present in large sectors of our society.
The stigma? proposes keys to question ideas inherited during centuries of misunderstanding and intolerance that deserve to be rethought.

With the participation of

Gabriel Albiac, Philosopher and writer
Enric Cortès, capuchin Doctor in Sacred Scriptures
Joan B. Culla, Historian and writer
Maria Josep Estanyol, PhD in Semitic Philology from the UB
Malka González, Psychologist Descendant of converted Jews
Andreu Lascorz, Hebraist
Josep Ramon Magdalena, Professor of Hebrew Culture at the UB
Josep Monseny, Psychoanalyst
Josep Montserrat, Theologian and ex-priest. Author of “The Christian Synagogue”
Gustavo Perednik, Writer Author of “Judeophobia”
Pilar Rahola, Writer and journalist
Jaume Renyer, Writer and lawyer
Xavier Torrens, Professor of Political Science at the UB
Eugenio Trias, Philosopher Author of “Pensar la Religion”
Vicenç Villatoro, Writer and journalist

Data sheet

Title: The Stigma?
Category: Documental
Direction: Martí Sans
Production: Martí Sans y Pablo Sánchez
Script: Martí Sans y Marçal Cebrian
Format: HD
Duration: 73 min
Company: Altervideo
Year: 2012

Opinions about the documentary

“…the magnificent documentary that is being released today is great news. Titled ¿The stigma? is a work by Martí Sans that reveals the current state of anti-Jewish prejudice, unfortunately as alive as ever.” Pilar Rahola (La Vanguardia)

“The documentary, which has something of an ideological and intimate conversion, makes us uninhibited participants in a discovery.” David Castell (El Punt Avui)

Martí Sans has achieved a thorough testimony of a prejudice rooted in Spain. With the strength of the documentary and the tenderness of the family, L’stigma? teaches a secret in the public domain: that hatred continues to stalk the unsuspecting and the naive. This is a film that has the potential to change the life of whoever watches it without prejudice, always for the better.” Gustavo Perednik (writer, Author of La Judeofòbia)

“The stigma?: A document that shows how one’s own ignorance is nurtured about other people’s beliefs and about the ease with which a stereotype is invented and consecrated, again and again, until it manages to divert and distort the history of coexistence.” Jorge Wagensberg (physicist and museologist)

“The stigma? it achieves the very useful purpose of art: to make us question our own prejudices. The most intimate and apparently rooted. A critical and rigorous documentary about the way we look at others and think we are different.” Lolita Bosch (writer)

“Talking about our attitude towards the Jews, as is done in L’stigma?, is basically talking about ourselves. About our values, our fears and our principles. The Jewish world is in the middle of the world of all of us. And it often acts as a mirror for 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? it has excellence and innovation because it takes us into documentaries from advanced countries that address Jewish life today”. Xavier Torrens (Professor of Political Science at the UB)

Hopefully, it can be part of the table or the debate in schools and institutes. Jordi Bilbeny (Historian)