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by Sam Blair, Joseph Martin


Csanad Szegedi’s story is remarkable; as vice-president of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right extremist party, Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semetic rhetoric and Holocaust denials. He was a founder of the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. Then came a revelation which transformed his life: Szegedi’s maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother as Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith fearing further persecution. Keep Quiet depicts Szegedi’s three year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander to embrace his newfound religion, forced to confront the painful truths of his family’s past, his own wrong doing and the turbulent history of his country. But is this astonishing transformation a process of genuine reparation and spiritual awakening, or is he simply a desperate man with nowhere else to turn?

international title: Keep Quiet
original title: Keep Quiet
country: United Kingdom, Hungary
sales agent: The Film Sales Company
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
film run: 90'
cinematography by: Márton Vízkelety
film editing: Kim Gaster, Ben Stark
music: Philip Sheppard
producer: Nicole Stott, Danielle Clark, Alex Holder
production: AJH Films, Passion Pictures
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