A scene from Arpad Bogdan's "Genesis," about extremist violence in Hungary, screening in the Berlinale's Panorama section.
Photo © Genesis Production, courtesy of the Berlinale
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This week's Berlin International Film Festival is turning a wary eye eastward with a series of titles spotlighting the rise of violent extremism and anti-migrant sentiment in the former communist bloc. The filmmakers show a region at a crossroads, divided between old loyalties to authoritarian Russia and forces trying to avert a drift away from the European Union and the West generally.For three years, from 2015 to 2018, the 37-year-old Gebert filmed the rise of Slovak Recruits (Slovenski Branci), one of the country's leading far-right organizations.The film focuses on a series of vicious attacks against Hungary's Roma in 2008-09, in which six people including a child were killed. "Genesis" examines how a tragedy targeting a minority contributes to a rot penetrating the entire society.
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