Of the twenty-five documentary films I have made, The Restless Hungarian is by far my largest endeavor. It has taken me places I could never have imagined, both inside myself and out in the world. I have interviewed fifty people and visited twenty buildings that my father engineered on three continents. I have worked with Hungarian, German and Spanish translators to mine salient information from my parents’ letters and documents and visited the graves of my ancestors in a Jewish cemetery outside of Budapest. I have gone over thousands of 35mm negatives that my mother made with her Leica camera in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and scanned hundreds of them to piece together a visual record of my family in those decades. I have found archive film footage of the Holocaust and the Cold War as well as of Budapest, Paris and London in the 1930s, and La Paz, Chicago, and New York in the 1940s.
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