There Was Once

R. Gábor Kálmán, Documentary, 103' min., U.S / Mađarska, 2011.
Friday, 25. May at 17:45 / Cinema Europa

Bilo jednom There Was Once


Gábor Kálmán, redatelj i Gyöngyi Magò, protagonistica


Mrs. Gyöngyi Magò is a high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary. While looking for a subject for her dissertation she discovered a forgotten part of local history, the Jewish community that once thrived but is now non-existent in her city. She is not Jewish. Engaging her students in her research, she teaches tolerance and fights prejudice in her classroom. Her quest is set against a background of renewed racial tensions, growing intolerance and the recurrence of neo Nazism in Hungary today. She has managed to persuade the City leadership to commemorate this extinct community on the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the local ghetto and deportation of the Jews to Auschwitz and other camps. At the same time a neo-Nazi demonstration was taking place a few blocks away.


  • Verzio – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
  • Film. Doc Film Festival
  • Hungarian Film Festival
  • Jewish International Film Festival of the Monterey Peninsula

Trailer: There Was Once