Forgotten Fools - Vergeten Dwazen

Director: Frans van Erkel, Netherlands 2006, 59 min.

In July 1992, a group of patients from a psychiatric clinic in Jakeš in Bosnia were driven from their country by war. Since 1996 they have been living in clean if not exactly homely rooms in part of a refugee centre in Debrecen, Hungary. The makers of Forgotten fools established contact with the patients, who want nothing more than to return home. They converse with them in front of doctors, who express surprise that a place cannot be found for the patients anywhere in their own country. Later in Bosnia they meet a psychiatrist from the former institute; old video recordings show the building, ravaged by war, and patients rambling about, unable to escape. A sentimental song on the soundtrack accompanies images of the filmmakers visiting relatives in heavy snow and presenting them face to face with the patients' wishes. However, the responses are all similar and reveal not a hint of responsibility: none of them want to know that the patients have been sent abroad. And because Bosnia lacks both doctors and medicines the families and the director of a new institute believe it would be the best for the "forgotten fools" to remain in Hungary.

Fortress Europe

Director: Zelimir Zilnik, Slovenia 2001, 80 min.

People of different nationalities from Central Europe attempting to reach the West by crossing the controls and "European" rules. Starting from reality, the director reconstructed some stories and chose the cast both among people who experienced them and fledgling actors. They reconstruct these stories, and perhaps fake them, through the answers they give to the (Hungarian, Slovenian, Italian and Croatian) custom officers and to the author's questions.

From Home to Home

Director: Tamas Almesi, Borbala Kriza, Zsuzsanna Varga, Hungary 2004, 104 min., Hungarian with English Subtitles

Today, Hungarians born outside of Hungary are the largest immigrant
group in Hungary. Back in the 80s, as a “more developed and more democratic”
country, Hungary was a dreamland for many Hungarians living
elsewhere in the Eastern Bloc. The film presents stories of four Hungarians
who resettled to the “motherland” in 1980-1991 in search of a better life.
Different customs and different patterns of socializing made it difficult for
those immigrants to blend in and to become Hungarians in Hungary.


Director: Áron Gauder, Hungary 2004, 90 min.

Nyóckerby is an animation movie on the conflicts between different Hungarian minorities and the municipality in the eight district of Budapest, commonly known as the Roma ghetto.

Rikshaw Rush

Director: Gergő Somogyvári, Hungary 2012, 55 min., Hungarian & English

In recent years, Hungarian rickshaw taxi drivers have populated the streets of Amsterdam. For some it is a journey of self-discovery, for others the only way to provide for the family. Going after money and freedom, the new-age rickshaw drivers are tempted to start a new life, breaking away from the old home routines. Some make a decent living while others end up on the street, losing their last ties to family and relatives. This film is a sketch of East-West migration: a documentary about hope and disillusionment, riding and chilling, and about days and nights in the touristy city center. The director follows the protagonists through two eventful summers as they hunt for subsistence and adventure.