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Xueta Island

Discrimination. Humiliation. Stigma. Many native Catholic Mallorquins with Jewish heritage have suffered greatly for centuries - this documentary unveils recent conflicts within the only synagogue on the island and explores many historical aspects of the Inquisition and its effect on the infamous fifteen family lineages. 

  • Dani Rotstein
  • Felipe Wolokita
  • Ofer Laszewicki
  • Marta Hierro
  • Dani Rotstein
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    1 hour
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Catalan, English, Spanish
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  • Austin Jewish Film Festival
    United States
    November 13, 2021
    North Amercian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • New York Jewish Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    January 22, 2022
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
    United States
    January 14, 2022
    Miami Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Atlanta Jewish film Festival
    United States
    February 16, 2022
    Atlanta Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Menemsha Films
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
  • JMT
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Dani Rotstein, Felipe Wolokita, Ofer Laszewicki

Content producer, entrepreneur and storyteller, he settled in Mallorca in 2014,
and for years he traveled the world producing advertisements for large commercial firms.
He founded “Jewish Majorca” with his partner Carla Sainz Rozas Ciscar, an initiative that
offers historical tours of the old town of Palma and organizes constant social events to
promote Jewish activities on the island. The reality of Covid-19 prompted them to design
virtual tours with VR / 360 and Zoom technology, which offer a comprehensive virtual vision
of the local Jewish quarter. In addition, he produces and supervises the editing of video
content and designs content strategies for social networks of different clients. Rotstein is
also active in Limud Mallorca, a cultural association that he founded together with
Carla in 2018.

Graduated in Film and Television from Tel Aviv University, he has been working since 2012
in production and the filming of documentaries, as well as content for the media and
international agencies. His film, “The Prince and the Frog”, was shown on Channel 8
in Israel and was shown at film festivals around the world, including the “Mostra de
Tiradentes” in Brazil. He is currently working as a freelancer for the main Brazilian media
(Rede Globo, Sportv and Band), and is a cameraman and editor for the SIC channel in
Portugal. He produced and filmed dozens of television programs, documentaries, and
special themes in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, the Balkans, Spain, Brazil, Turkey and

A multimedia journalist, with a master’s degree in International Politics from the Pompeu
Fabra University in Barcelona. Based in Tel Aviv, he collaborated for years as a freelancer
for a multitude of media in Spain and Latin America. He is currently editor
and announcer in the program “Kan in Spanish” of the national radio of Israel,
correspondent from the newspaper “La Razón” (Madrid), and he films and edits videos for
social networks and international press agencies. In 2017 he published the book “Israel out
of focus: portraits of society beyond the conflict” (UOC editorial), a selection of reports
that explores the diversity of Israeli society. He worked in production and script writing for
documentaries published on the Israeli channels Kan11 and i24news.

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Director Statement

This documentary interrogates fundamental questions of human nature such as historical memory; identity and belonging; generational clashes; and the preservation of tradition.

Despite the unquestionable weight of the past, the documentary explains the history and the present based mainly on first-person stories. It Includes fragments of interviews and follow-ups to the subjects; dynamic footage of events that took place during the “Week of Jewish culture” in Palma; aerial drone shots that explore the geography of the island; and animations to help understand and visualize historical events, to give an updated touch to the story.