Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Life 8 - Darkness on the Edge of Town

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Hungarian filmmaker Arpad Bogdan sets out to discover what's behind the new wave of anti-Roma sentiment in Hungary today.

Life 8 - Darkness on the Edge of Town

Film director Arpad Bogdan took a fateful step, looking for his gypsy roots for the Life 6 series. Should he now stay in touch with his newfound family? And how should he react to the current political threats that face other Roma populations in Hungary today? Hungary's fragile economy was badly hit by the economic crisis in the fall of 2008, with growing social tensions leading to a spate of horrific attacks on gypsy families. This episode of Life 8 follows Arpad as he sets out to discover what's behind the new wave of anti-Roma sentiment in Hungary. Arpad is convinced that only social change and greater acceptance will allay Roma fears.

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]...[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Main credits

Mészáros, Antónia (Director)
Mészáros, Antónia (Producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Membrán, Audio Network; camera, Dávid Szepesi; editors, Adam Tösér, Smita Malde.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Television Trust for the Environment
Antonia Meszaros
Camera: David Szepesi
Editors: Adam Toser and Smita Malde
Production Manager: Davina Rodrigues
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw

Docuseek2 subjects

Conflict Resolution
Immigration and Refugees
Labor Studies
Multicultural Studies
Race and Racism
Social Psychology

Distributor subjects

Conflict Resolution
European Studies
Labor and Work Issues
Migration and Refugees
Multicultural Studies
Race and Racism
Social Psychology


Arpad Bogdan, anti-Roma, Hungary,; gypsy, Roma, economy, economic crisis, attacks on gypsies, discrimination, social tensions, racism; "Darkness on the Edge of Town"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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