Special Screenings: Just the Wind
- Wednesday, March 6, 19:30, Evald
- Monday, March 11, 20:00, Světozor (small hall)
This feature film looks at real events in Hungary in 2008, when the country saw a series of appalling racist attacks on the local Roma community. Six people died, including two children, while dozens more were injured. The assailants set fire to houses, and then shot at families as they fled the burning buildings. It took more than a year to apprehend the perpetrators; the resultant court case drags on to this day.
Just the Wind depicts one day in the life of a Roma family somewhere on the edge of a small town. The father has left to work in Canada. The mother has two jobs and looks after her sick father. The daughter goes to school and the son wanders around the surrounding area. Everyone is wracked with tension caused by escalating attacks. Darkness falls over the city and the night is disturbed by strange noises. Is it just the wind?
This film received the second-highest award at the Berlinale 2012 festival. Because of the compelling and powerful way it explores the issue of xenophobia and racism, the People in Need foundation and the One World festival have also supported its presentation in Czech cinemas.