Once They Were Neighbours

Screw Your Courage

Synagogue For Sale

Mr. Mom

Ghetto, brick factory, train station, mass graves - 60 years later the neighbours of the Hungarian Jews remember. What did they do and what could have been done? What did the bystanders see and what do they believe they saw in their small town community during the last days of World War II? The documentary Once They Were Neighbours is about the present as much as it is about history: the shadows cast by the failure to face the past during the last 60 years.

DVCAM, length: 65 min., 2005, Hungary
Hungarian with English subtitles (original title: Szomszédok voltak)

"I don't like to talk about it. These are bad memories."
"They were born here. They never thought they would ever leave."
"It was a topsy-turvy world... The average people could do nothing."
"We were quite close friends but still, they never told me anything about
what had happened to them over there. I didn't ask, they didn't say..."

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Zsuzsanna Varga
Bori Kriza
Balázs Wizner
László Hargittai
Metaforum Film

Photo: Hungarian National Museum Historical Photo Archive
Photo: Bori Kriza