Keep Quiet

Dirs. Sam BlairJoseph Martin
(90 min, HungaryUnited Kingdom, 2016)
Hungarian with English subtitles
Documentary
DC Premiere

As vice president of Hungary’s far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denial, and founded the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by a pro-Nazi group complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII.

But his life is upended when Szegedi’s maternal grandmother is revealed to be Jewish, and an Auschwitz survivor, who had hidden her faith. Keep Quiet depicts Szegedi’s three-year journey to embrace his newfound religion. But is his transformation genuine or does he simply have nowhere else to turn?

Co-presented by Embassy of Hungary AJC Global Jewish Advocacy, Washington The Kossuth Foundation

Screenings

Sunday, May 21, 12:15 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, May 27, 4:00 pm
Pre-Sale Only*
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

*Saturday screenings before 6:15pm are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

Preview
Guests

May 21 screening followed by a Q&A with Hungarian Theater director Natalia Nagy, and AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs Rabbi Andrew Baker.

As Director of International Jewish Affairs, Rabbi Andrew Baker is responsible for AJC’s network of relationships with Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora and addressing the accompanying issues and concerns. He has been a prominent figure in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and in addressing Holocaust-era issues in Europe.

In January 2009 he was appointed the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in Office on Combating Anti-Semitism and has been reappointed in each successive year. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an intergovernmental body of 57 nations headquartered in Vienna, has become a central arena for addressing the problems of a resurgent anti-Semitism. As a special envoy for the OSCE, Rabbi Baker has taken up the issue with senior officials in over a score of European capitals.

He has played an active role in pressing governments to confront the legacy of the Holocaust. He was a member of Government Commissions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Romania that were established to examine Holocaust-era history and address the claims of its victims. He is co-chair of the Lithuanian Good Will Foundation and a long-time officer of the Jewish Claims Conference.

Natalia Nagy Gleason is a Hungarian theatre director involved in a diverse spectrum of arts projects. She worked at the London Hungarian Film Showcase (Check the gate) and European Documentary film festival in London and EU shorts festival in Budapest. Recently her primary focus is theatre she co-produced the Future is female festival, directed work of local playwrights John Feffer and Derek Hills for the Capital Fringe Festival, and a plethora of little gems for the One Minute Play Festival at Roundhouse Theatre. She proudly assistant-directed at Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company for John Vreeke’s production of Cherokee and for Howard Shalwitz’s production of the world premiere of Zombie: The American by Robert O’Hara. Currently she preparing for the USA  premier of I Killed My Mother – a play by Andras Visky at Spooky Action Theatre starting Erica Chamblee.

Press
  • fascinating throughoutThe Hollywood Reporter
  • A riveting documentary about a young Hungarian neo-Nazi leader whose life is upended when he discovers his Jewish rootsRoger Ebert
  • A complex tale astutely assembled on all levels, “Keep Quiet” gains even more of a narrative-drama air from Marton Vizkelety’s widescreen photography, and from a spare yet urgent score by cellist Philip Sheppard.Variety
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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 28, 2017.