To know the 1506 massacre in Lisbon is to know the 7 October 2023 massacre in Israel and the historic genocides of Jews all over Europe. The only change has been in the weapons.
The trailer will be presented on December 30, 2023 and the world premiere of the film will take place on 19 April 2024.
The film will be available free on the Internet on many platforms and in many languages.
“This project is not commercial but educational, aimed principally at youth. To know the 1506 massacre in Lisbon is to know the 7 October 2023 massacre in Israel and the historic genocides of Jews all over Europe. The only change has been in the weapons. 1506 will be the most universal of Portuguese films, just as 1618 was the one that won most international awards.”, says Gabriel Senderowicz, President of the Jewish Community of Oporto.
The audiovisual producer chosen by the Community to produce 1506 was the Oporto company Lightbox.
The script with the historical reenactment, produced in 2021, relies on the technical support of the Alberto Benveniste Chair of Sephardic Studies of the University of Lisbon.
More than three thousand Jews were brutally assassinated in Lisbon between 19 and 21 April 1506. All it took was a spark for ancient myths to cause a catastrophe. The bonfires with burning bodies were as high as the houses. Even babies were thrown onto the flames in a city filled with butchered bodies, where heads were borne aloft on the tips of lances.
The King and the Court were away, fleeing the effects of the bubonic plague, and no one was able to stop the anger of the people and the instigations of foreign sailors whose ships were anchored in the port. Good-hearted Catholics who attempted to help the Jews were also lynched.
Promoting Jewish culture, history and education:
As part of its work to promote Jewish culture, history and education, the Jewish Community of Oporto resorts to many products and equipment, such as the following:
– The film with the most international awards ever in Portugal, 1618 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfeqAxIinIs&t), concerning a story about the Inquisition in the city of Oporto.
– The film “Sefarad” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr-BIa1HSjY), recounting the story of the last century of the Jewish Community of Oporto, officially re-founded in 1923 by the “Portuguese Dreyfus”, Captain Barros Basto.
– The Jewish Museum of Oporto (https://www.mjporto.com/pt) and the Holocaust Museum (https://www.mhporto.com/pt). The latter was visited by 100 thousand teenage school students in the last two years, corresponding to about 10% of the total teenage population of Portugal.