YOU HAVE TO BE HERE TO BELIEVE
documentary film, 50 min, Hungarian with English subtitles
Being different feels increasingly uncomfortable and dangerous in Hungary, but a small group of human rights activists take on the government in an unprecedented campaign to defend LGBTQI rights.
To be free is to be able to define what a family is for you, to marry who you love, to raise the children as you see fit. None of it applies to Hungary where the rights of LGBTQI people have been systematically curtailed over the last years, culminating in a 2021 law that blurs the boundaries between being gay and pedophilia, prohibits the spread of any LGBTQI-related information to minors and withdraws the right of unmarried people to adoption. To add the facade of legitimacy to the process the government called a referendum with a set of 4 manipulative questions and a nationwide Putin-style propaganda campaign calling on the need to protect Hungarian children. In a counter-move, a small group of human rights defenders appeals to solidarity and kindness in a first of its kind campaign to overturn the referendum - a mission impossible in a country with captured media and the courts. You have to be here to believe what happened next.
Produced by: Studio Onaleap
Director: Polina Georgescu
Editor: Eva Szasz
Camera: Polina Georgescu, Laszlo Halsz
Original music: Shai Levy
Sound mix: Alfred Tessler
Color grading: Botond Nagy
Additional footage: Eszter Lisztes