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Judgement in Hungary (US Premiere!)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Doc, Magyar, Racism, Roma, Site, STL, Violence |

This free screening, the US Premiere of a riveting courtroom drama documentary that has played in front of the European and the Hungarian Parliament and on French, German and Canadian television (besides other countries), will take place at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum Sunday March 26 at 1 p.m. “Judgement in Hungary” – Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú spent three years following the trial of four men charged with killing Roma children and adults, motivated by “racial hatred.” The young filmmaker and her crew documented the 167 days of hearings in this intense, award-winning drama set in a small court room in Budapest, Hungary. Having played in 32 countries and the recipient of 19 international awards, the film has been broadcast in Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands […]

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SLIFF BUZZ 2015: TODAY’S 3 WONDERS

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Antisemitism, Art, France, Magyar, Racism, Review, Shoah, STL, Time, US, Violence, Women |

— Sunday November 8 — The St. Louis International Film Festival is outdoing itself again! 12:05 p.m. at the Plaza Frontenac: “The King and the Mockingbird” Dialogues by the great Jacques Prévert and Paul Grimault (both from Groupe Octobre), with Pierre Brasseur, Fernand Ledoux, Anouk Aimée, Serge Reggiani, Raymond Bussieres, Roger Blin, Claude Piéplu — 4 p.m. at the Tivoli: “Carol” By the accomplished stylist Todd Haynes (“Mildred Pierce,” “Far from Heaven”), with Rooney Mara & Cate Blanchett — 6:15pm at Webster University: SHOWN IN 35 mm! – and unlikely to be shown in St. Louis again – “Son of Saul” – Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize – Considering the topic, this prize reveals how surprised the jury members were by this film and its 38 year director […]

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SLIFF BUZZ 2015 (An Overview)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Afri, Antisemitism, Asia, Care, Death, Doc, Film, France, French, Hispanic, Human Rights, Humor, Jewish, Magyar, Media, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Racism, Religion, Shoah, STL, Time, Travel, US, Violence, Wars, Women, World, Youth |

November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]

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A Petition for Hungary to Confront its Past

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Action, Education, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Politics, Racism, Roma, Shoah, Spectacle, Time |

Support us in our protest against the Budapest monument planned to commemorate the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944. Reject the government’s abdication of Hungarian responsibility for the wartime treatment of Hungarian Jewish and Gypsy citizens in the course of the Holocaust … The symbolism of the piece is Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government’s attempt to whitewash history and ignore the fact that Hungary willingly, without coercion, joined the Second World War on the side of the German Reich … The present government has to take responsibility for the mass murder of its own HUNGARIAN Jews and Gypsies and not shift the entire blame on the invading Germans.[…]

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Souvenirs Hungary/Magyarország 01 – Szombathely

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Antisemitism, History, Magyar, Music, Racism, Shoah, Wars, Women | 3 comments

Where many of my father’s sculptures are in the Art Museum…

In 1941 about 3,400 Jews lived in Szombathely, nearly 10% of the population.

Starting in 1942, Jewish men were forced into (Hungarian) labor battalions with very few surviving the extermination (which is what it was – I just visited my 93 year old mother’s cousin in London: they were 600 to enter in 1941 with two of them coming back, my mother and her sister lost their first husbands there).

In May 1944, Jews were concentrated in the local ghetto. A few months later, between July 4 & July 6, 4228 Jews were deported from Szombathely to Auschwitz – about fifty Jews survived the Holocaust. […]

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Yeb Saño: If Not Now When?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Afri, Asia, Care, Death, Eco, Education, Food, France, Future Tech, Health, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Middle-East, Native, Now, Politics, Sci/Nat, Time, World |

Before taking his vow of fasting during the UN Warsaw Conference on Global Warming: “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now… In Doha, we asked ‘If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’ (borrowed from Philippine student leader Ditto Sarmiento during Martial Law – Ed. AND borrowed from Hillel, the famous rabbi).” Integral Transcription Included [ …]

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