Csanad Szegedi's story is remarkable; as vice-president of Jobbik, Hungary's far-right extremist party, Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semitic 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 an 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?Written by
There was a skit in the Dave Chappelle Show where he (African American if by any chance you don't know him) is a high ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan! Now that sounds very far fetched and for obvious reasons you'd think that is out of the realm of any real possibility. Than again in the last couple of years a lot of things that seemed unbelievable happened.
And one of those things (though not as visually obvious as the funny Chappelle bit) is getting depict here. It is tough to imagine on more than one level. One being I can't even begin to identify with someone as biased as the man who is depicted here. And then the script gets flipped (if there ever was a flip, here it is) and the guy who was racist as can be, has to change his tune. But is it believable? Can a person change that radically? Or is he having an agenda? Those are questions that might not be answered fully with an ending that may leave you with more questions that you'd like to have. Then again it is up to you, the viewer to decide if a person can be forgiven - without questioning his or her motives ...
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