A powerful, unsettling look at Csanad Szegedi’s transition from far-right extreminist to observant Jew.
This screening is part of: CINEMA JUDAICA II
Post-show discussion w/ Mikhail Lyubansky (CU Restorative Circles)
As vice-president of Hungary’s far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials, 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 was soon upended when Szegedi’s maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith, fearing further persecution. 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? (2017, Sam Blair & Joseph Martin, UK/Hungary, 90 min, NR, DCP, Eng subs)
“A superb piece of nonfiction filmmaking, telling a story of import with grace and intelligence.” -Jewish Week
“Fascinating… A complex portrait.” -Indiewire
CINEMA JUDAICA II is presented by the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and supported by the Dr. Samuel and Sadie Small Fund for Jewish Arts and Culture of the CU Jewish Endowment Foundation.