About a Village

General Information

Swanson, C. John, director
German, English, Hungarian.
USA: 2010.
Physical Description
DVD (68 min.)


The film is about people who were affected by historical events and not a film about “history”. Born in a German-speaking village in southern Hungary, they were forced to leave after the Second World War, still children. Although they eventually succeeded in building their lives in post-war Germany, the transition was not easy. Having been expelled from Hungary as Germans a measure sanctioned by the Allies in 1945, they were regarded as outsiders in Germany as well, often referred to as ‘Hungarian Gypsies.’ They had to suddenly become adults when they did not yet feel ready for it. No wonder that the small Hungarian village keeps occupying a special place in their hearts. They yearn for the uncomplicated world of their childhoods, where their lives were mapped out by the village streets and nothing could penetrate their sphere of joy and playfulness, not even the cruelties of war and politics. The characters in the film tell the story and express their occasionally conflicting views in their own words, leaving room for interpretation.


Documentary films

Bibliographic Information


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