Meanwhile Somewhere 1940-1943

Hungary / 1994 / documentary / 52' / Péter Forgács Retrospective

This film is a product of editing amateur wartime footage, including the march of Dutch Nazis, Belgian peasants slaughtering a pig, the forced labour of Hungarian Jews and the ritual of public humiliation of a couple accused of dishonouring their race. The scenes come from the occupied countries of Europe somewhere on the margin of history, far away from the main fronts of World War II. The world has gone mad, the disaster is just around the corner, but life goes on with its own momentum.

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Péter Forgács

Media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest whose works have been exhibited worldwide. He has made more than thirty films, including the best-known award-winning series Private Hungary based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix of the World Wide Video Festival in the Hague. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, an exceptional collection of amateur film footage which served as the raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. In 2002, the Getty Research Institute held an exhibit of his installation “The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River”. He has received several international festival awards and his films were presented at many international festivals around the world. His highly recognized works are part of numerous public museum and university collections.

Tibor Szemzö
Zsuzsa Gönczi
Meanwhile Somewhere 1940-1943