Tuesday 22 September 2020

Trouble in Budapest - A Message from film-maker Ildiko Enyedi - An act of repression by the Hungarian Government

Dear friends,


I don't know if you have heard about it, the University of Theatrical and Film Art of Budapest, my University where I teach directing as a professor was rudely attacked by the government which took away the autonomy of the University which goes against the Constitution and the several hundreds years old tradition about the autonomy of a University the Magna Charta Universitatis.


Countless art  schools and many famous Theatre companies, actors, directors personalities of the film and theatre world are protesting and sending their sign of solidarity to our University. The day we lost our independence, I resigned  (but continue actively to fight for regaining it) and our students occupied the University.


They have lived there now for nearly a month, following strict rules discussing, voting, functioning as a small antique Greek Polis.


If you feel so, express your opinion!


click here to go to an article of the New York Times  which includes the photo at the top of this post.

Editor's Note: Wikipedia tells us that Ildik√≥ Enyedi (born 15 November 1955) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Her 2017 film On Body and Soul won the top prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for a Foreign Language Academy Award. She has directed a total of eight feature films since 1989. A number of her films have screened successfully at the Australian film festivals.

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