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University in Exile: LEX CEU through the lense of its students

Film Screening
Free University
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Film screening followed by panel talk and reception:

Free University
directed by Jonathan Hunter, Hungary, 2019, 54 min
in Hungarian, English language

A group of CEU students refuses to accept that their university is expelled from Hungary, choosing to resist the decline of academic freedom.

Imagine waking up as an “enemy of the people.” This was the reality waiting for students and staff of Central European University (CEU) as a coordinated legal and media apparatus began to demonize and eventually criminalize the Hungarian-American institution. Szabad Egyetem/ The Free University follows students of CEU as they struggle against their exile by an increasingly authoritarian government. Through their stories, we show life in a backsliding democracy and the consequences of democratic “red lines” being crossed with impunity.

Directed by Jonathan Hunter. Born in the UK, Jonathan moved to Budapest in 2016, where he studied documentary filmmaking and philosophy at Central European University. Jonathan has since made several commercial videos, educational content, and short documentaries. He now works as a freelance filmmaker and videographer in Florence, Italy.

Co-directed by Lucie Janotová
Edited & translated by Ádám Hushegyi
Cinematographer: Ifra Asad
Producer: Mackenzie Nelson


The panel talk will feature Jeremy Braverman (Visual Studies Platform), Zsolt Enyedi (Political Science Department), Viktor Mák (Szabad Egyetem Student Movement), and Jonathan Hunter & Lucie Janotová (filmmakers and CEU alumni).

The event is co-organized by CEU Department of Political Science and the Visual Studies Platform

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The event is free to attend. Reception to follow.