Keep Quiet
Castro TheatreSat, Jul 30, 2016 4:40 PM Not Available
Roda TheatreWed, Aug 3, 2016 6:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Director(s):Sam Blair
Joseph Martin
Editor(s):Ben Stark
Kim Gaster
Cinematographer:Marton Vezkelety
Year of Production:2016
Running Time:97 min.
Hungarian w/ English subtitles
Premiere Status:West Coast
Family Relationships
Documentary Feature
Co-Sponsored by Liki and Joe Abrams

Extreme in his anti-Semitic beliefs and denial of the Holocaust, Csanád Szegedi rose up through the ranks to a leading position in Hungary’s far-right Jobbik Party and became a member of the European Parliament. At the height of his political career, documentation surfaced showing that Szegedi’s maternal grandparents were Jewish. This caused his party to swiftly eject him. In a stunning about-face, Szegedi chose to explore his family’s Jewish roots and study Judaism by enlisting the help of an empathic rabbi who believes that everyone born Jewish deserves a chance to practice their religion. He even made a trip to Auschwitz with Holocaust survivors. In a revealing interview Szegedi’s beloved maternal grandmother acknowledges that she was a survivor of Auschwitz and, given the stigma returning Hungarian Jews faced, hid her tattoo under long sleeves for the rest of her life, much of it spent under Communist rule. His mother married a non-Jew and decided to embrace Hungary’s nationalist heritage. In retrospect, both women wonder if Szegedi’s hurtful anti-Semitism was the price paid for their silence. While carefully nonjudgmental, this fascinating film raises tough questions: Regret or repentance? True convert or charlatan? And what is to prevent yet another about-face in a middle-aged man’s life? —Sara L. Rubin