ENCOUNTERS: YOUNG ARTS FROM CENTRAL EUROPE. "Here we are/My zdes"

Date: 
May 30, 2007 - 19:00 - 21:30
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Auditorium
Event type: 
Event audience: 
CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)

HERE WE ARE/ MY ZDES (doc., Slovak Republic, 2005, 76 min., dir: Jaroslav Vojtek)

After World War II, the Krnáč family moved from Central Slovakia to Sub-Carpathian Ukraine. After the territory came under Soviet rule, the family was forced to settle in Balgarka, a village in the Kazakhstan steppe, where they spent over forty years. After the break-up of the USSR, the family decided to leave Kazakhstan. In 2000, they sell the family house and set out on a journey to Slovakia, a country they know only from their parents´ stories. Their first attempts to find jobs and accommodation in Bratislava are not very successful. Looking for a place to settle they cross the country from east to west, but find only half-abandoned villages, closed factories and high unemployment. After a long quest, they settle down in the countryside. The parents start working on a local farm and the children enter high school. This new beginning is hard for all of them: the older family members feel uprooted and keep thinking of their lives back in Kazakhstan, the younger ones struggle to study and be accepted as equals. Filmed over a period of four years, the film is a warm personal portrait of multi-generational search for roots and for the future. Partners: Slovak Institute in Budapest, International Visegrad Fund