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Running Time: 12 minutes
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Venue: Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Cast: Benett Vilmányi, Ákos Orosz
Showtime: Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 12:00 PM
Director: Borbála Nagy
Description: Alpar has his first working day at the border between Hungary and Serbia. Supposed to save his country from refugees, he is confronted with the reality of the border guards. In order to adapt to the merciless customs, he has to leave his humaneness behind.
When in Hungary the propaganda against refugees started in spring 2015, the government organized a campaign of posters all over the country with slogans like “If you come to Hungary, you have to respect our traditions”; “If you come to Hungary, you are not allowed to steal jobs from the Hungarians”.
When the refugees arrived in summer 2015, there was fear all over the country. The authorities could have prepared an infrastructure but they preferred to have pictures of masses of refugees who were completely exhausted and desperate about the authorities in Hungary and therefore partly aggressive. It perfectly suited their hate campaign. A 175km long fence at the border of Hungary and Serbia was built. The Hungarian government is still investing in this fence and is recruiting hundreds of border guards, even though it became very quiet and silent at the border.
The story of Alpár is an example of a process of dehumanization. He is instinctively picking up on behavior patterns of his colleges and is adapting his image of the enemy. It seems much easier to see in the refugees a homogenous group instead of an individual human being. With this movie, I want to draw attention to the south-eastern border of the European Union, where the absurdity of a humanitarian catastrophe is culminating. The damages this fence is leaving behind are persistent and unmissable. The hate will stay, even long after the refugees will be gone.
Screening with: Shorts Program
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