For centuries, the historical records of the Inquisition have been locked away to become the subject of myth and legend. In 1998, after years of pressure from historians, scholars and critics in search of the truth, the Vatican opened some of these archives for the first time.
$3-million-plus international co-production was filmed in High Definition on location in Italy, France and Spain. It was produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Rabinovitch, and features narration by actor Colm Feore (Trudeau). Earned a Gemini Award in the Documentary, News and Sports categories. David Rabinovitch received the Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series for his work on “Tears of Spain,” the second episode of the four-part series.
This four-part series attempts to reveal the incredible yet true story of the western world's most potent religion and its determination to maintain power at any cost. Using previously secret documents, this series reveals how the most powerful church on earth created the Inquisition to preserve the unquestioned authority of the Pope. Interviews with church and secular historians as well as dramatic recreations convey how a system of mass terror reigned for over half a millennium.
Filmed in High Definition, this production spans medieval France in Episode 1, 15th century Spain in Episode 2, Renaissance Italy in Episode 3 and mid-nineteenth century Europe in Episode 4.
Secret Files of the Inquisition - Pt4 (The End Of Inquisition)
The secret files of the Inquisition are locked away for centuries. A Spanish priest devotes his life to exposing the brutal records of the Inquisition. Napoleon spreads the ideas of the Enlightenment. He conquers Italy, abolishes the Inquisition and orders its files sent to Paris. Spain's greatest painter, Goya, will depict the Inquisition for the first time - and then run for his life. The kidnapping of a young Jewish boy secretly baptized will be one of the desperate last attempts at exerting the power of the Inquisition. A devoted father fights to get back his son. The boy becomes a symbol for a Pope who is about to lose his dominion on earth.