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Film Screening + Discussion | Free University (Szabad Egyetem)

Film Screening
Poster for the event
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in a special screening of the documentary “Free University” (Szabad Egyetem) directed by Jonathan Hunter. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jonathan Hunter & Lucie Janotová, filmmakers and CEU alumni. 

Meet and talk with the directors and students who participated in these protests and engage in student activism. 

About the movie:

Free University (Szabad Egyetem), 2019 Hungary, 54 min 

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. The documentary 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. 

Directors: Jonathan Hunter, Lucie Janotová 
Edited & translated by Ádám Hushegyi 
Cinematographer: Ifra Asad 
Producer: Mackenzie Nelson 



This event is part of the Academic Freedom Series organized by HRSI.