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There Was Once... (2011)

This film is about a Catholic high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary who while doing research in local history discovers the lost Jewish community that once thrived there. She shares her ... See full summary »

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This film is about a Catholic high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary who while doing research in local history discovers the lost Jewish community that once thrived there. She shares her research with her students, teaching tolerance, fighting prejudice. She organized a memorial for this lost community, which was attended by the Mayor, the Archbishop, several survivors and second and third generations. At the same time the neo-Nazi party of Hungary held a demonstration and a young girl visiting from New York was hit by a sling shot while attending a memorial service at the newly restored Jewish cemetery. Written by Anonymous

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A peep behind the genteel mask of everyday fascism
17 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was once... - and here it is again and again. Ms Mago starts an innocent enough investigation and comes up with - the truth. No explosions, no spectacular deductions, no car chases. But the elephant in the room is unmasked, things we should have always known but chose to ignore for six decades are revealed. Kalman and Mago came just in the nick of time, before we could feign innocence, blame distant powers and adverse circumstances, and close a chapter with smug self-satisfaction. In light of events unfolding in the very country the film takes place in, this film draws some frightening parallels. "There was once..." is a brave look in the mirror. Open your eyes...


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