On the Move

Alienation

2015 was the year of alarm and panic. A significant part of the European public saw the masses fleeing from conflict zones and other irregular migrants as a faceless, chaotic and menacing crowd. In 2016, the key problems of the European Union were how to reduce and control the influx of migrants, and what to do with people in need of protection who were already in Europe. European societies wanted moral and at the same time practical answers. How can we give enough and yet not too much?

At the same time, the panic did not abate. Bloody terror attacks and brutal murders shocked Europe’s welfare societies. Extremist political forces grabbed the opportunity and tried to win the confused public to their side. A long-notheard fascist rhetoric has become mainstream. As in so many critical situations before, politics and people now have to confront the issues of identity. What does European mean? What do the Judeo-Christian values mean on the practical level? Is Western civilization inherently humane? Where are the borders of enlightenment? When do foreign migrants become true citizens? Which world is in bigger crisis, the West or the Islam? The great achievements of Europe and the Western world that legitimized democracy and capitalism are in real danger today. Freedom rights, welfare, religious neutrality or the right to and the possibility of free movement are often seen as a threat to our security or a dispensable luxury. Walls are built between countries, cultures and people. The films in this section address these European, and even global, problems.

After the screenings, staff of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee will hold discussions with experts on refugees and social sciences.

In cooperation with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Benjamin Kahlmeyer Germany 2014 78min German
A rare insight into the black box of asylum law. Four asylum seekers' hope of a new start in Germany conflicts sharply with the reality of the bureaucratic decision-making process.
Toldi
Nov 10, 18:15
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Művész
Nov 12, 20:30
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Anna Persson Sweden 2015 99min Swedish
A summer in a Swedish detention centre for asylum seekers. A mother separated from her sons faces deportation, a young man tries to start a new life in the new country, and staff members struggle with the impersonal code of conduct inherent to their job.
Művész
Nov 9, 20:15
English Subtitles
Toldi
Nov 11, 14:30
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Pablo Iraburu Spain 2015 83min English & Spanish & Arabic
U.S and Mexico, Zimbabwe and South Africa, India and Bangladesh, and Spain with Morocco - bordering nations and the walls that separate them. 8 personal stories from those who are directly affected by a physical barrier.
Toldi
Nov 9, 18:00
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Kino
Nov 10, 18:00
English Subtitles
Denis Shabaev Russia 2015 70min Russian & Tajik
Leaving his wife and child behind in Dushanbe, Farrukh arrives to Moscow dreaming of becoming a famous actor. A search for a better life turns into a permanent nightmare.
Toldi
Nov 10, 16:15
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Kino
Nov 11, 22:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Wang Bing Hong Kong & France 2016 147min Burmese & Mandarin
Exhausted by the years of civil war in Myanmar’s Kokang region, the Ta’ang people flee over to China. Wang Bing zeroes in on their lives at the war-torn borderlands.
Toldi
Nov 12, 12:00
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Művész
Nov 13, 16:00
English Subtitles
Jasna Krajinovic France & Belgium 2016 58min French & Arabic
One day, Saliha, Samira, and Valérie found their sons' bedrooms empty. They share their stories and struggles for the return of their children who have left to fight in Syria.
Toldi
Nov 11, 18:15
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Művész
Nov 12, 22:00
English Subtitles
Avi Mograbi Israel & France 2016 85min Hebrew & Tigrigna & Arabic
A theater workshop in a detention centre in Israel. Asylum-seekers’ stories become the starting point of the process. Can the Israelis put themselves in the refugees’ shoes?
Művész
Nov 11, 22:15
English Subtitles
Kino
Nov 13, 18:00
English Subtitles
Anne-Claire Adet Switzerland 2016 14min English
Asylum seekers in Geneva are housed in underground fallout shelters dating back to the Cold War. Thinking they had reached the end of their journey, they find themselves under the ground.
Toldi
Nov 11, 18:15
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation