The Passion of Joshua the Jew (2004)

The Passion of Joshua the Jew
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 50mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign, Period
Keywords political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Pasquale Scimeca Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Pasquale Scimeca Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Nennella Buonaiuto Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Pasquale Mari Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Babak Karimi Editor n/a 172 7000001
Rosa Scimeca Producer n/a 3 3000002
Rosario Calanni Maccchio Producer n/a 3 3000001
Toni Bertorelli Actor n/a 1 1000003
Marcello Mazzarella Actor n/a 1 1000002
Leonardo Cesare Abude Actor n/a 1 1000004
Anna Bonaiuto Actor n/a 1 1000005
Pasquale Scimeca Director n/a 2 2000001
Giordana Moscati Actor n/a 1 1000001
Set during the expulsion of the Jews and Muslims from Spain by the Castilean Queen Isabel, which began in 1492. Into this climate of persecution, a Jewish boy, Joshua, is born. One of the elders, the proud Don Isaac, who is a friend to the queen, predicts Joshua will be the new Messiah. When he decides to follow his people into exile, Don Isaac is determined to ensure Joshua's safe passage. Time passes and Joshua grows into a curious and intelligent young man. During his flight to Naples, he finds himself in the company of both Jews and Muslims, and his questions about Jesus evoke an eclectic variety of responses. Joshua and his family's arrival in the safe haven of Naples provides only temporary respite as they are soon forced to move onward to Sicily. There, Joshua finds himself absorbed into the theatrical religious rituals of the casazza (a Catholic layperson's chapel), where he slowly and inexorably assumes the role of Jesus.