Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents
dir. Sam Blair, Joseph Martin, UK, Hungary, 2016, DCP, Hungarian w/ English subtitles, 90 min
By his mid-twenties, Csanád Szegedi, a fervent Holocaust denier and outspoken anti-Semite, rises up through the ranks to lead the Hungarian far-right conservative Jobbik Party. Co-founder of the Hungarian Guard and serving his country in the European Parliament. Szegedi’s extremist views and racist agenda carry him far up the political ladder. That is, until the day a rung gives out and Szegedi comes tumbling down.
Discovering that his grandmother is a survivor of Auschwitz and he is, indeed, a Jew, Szegedi has no choice but to come to terms with his true identity. After the initial shock subsides and member of his own party begin to turn against him, Szegedi, desperate and alone, seeks the help of a local Orthodox Rabbi. Agreeing to take Szegedi under his wing despite protest from his peers, the empathetic Rabbi aids Szegedi in his unbelievable transformation from raving anti-Semite to devout Jew.
An Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Keep Quiet is a powerful and unsettling documentary which leaves you questioning the veracity of Szegedi’s intentions to embrace his faith and start his life anew;. With rich archival material, captivation interviews, and incredible vérité footage, viewers are encouraged to make their own judgment. Is Szegedi telling the truth—or is it all an act?
Sponsor: Carole Landis Foundation for Social Action