Film & Discussion Series

Sunday, March 11th: Carvalho’s Journey

  • 2:00 pm at the Community Room Learning Resource Center, West Des Moines Schools, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
  • A real life 19th-century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Shephardic Jew born in Charleston, SC, and his life as a groundbreaking explorer and artist. The film interweaves stunning HD digital and 16mm film landscape cinematography, rare 19th century photographs and artwork, Carvalho’s own surviving paintings and daguerrotypes, and interviews with scholars and artists.

Upcoming Future Film & Discussion Series Dates

Sunday, April 8th: Expulsion and Memory

  • 2:00 pm at Indian Hills Junior High Auditorium, 9401 Indian Hills Dr., Clive, IA
  • This documentary traces the descendants of Spanish Jews who were forced to either flee or convert to Catholicism after Queen Isabella’s edict of 1492. Many of these Jews had to practice their religion in secret, passing their furtively-recalled customs down through the generations.

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