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Keep Quiet

Directed by Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
United Kingdom, Hungary, 2016


An anti-Semitic far-right politician’s astonishing transformation after finding out he is Jewish.

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Keep Quiet Directed by Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
A riveting documentary about a young Hungarian neo-Nazi leader whose life is upended when he discovers his Jewish roots, Joseph Martin and Sam Blair’s “Keep Quiet” would be valuable and important if it only told of one man’s journey from bigotry to repentance. But this expertly made, highly dramatic film achieves must-see status for the inevitable light it sheds on the persistence of toxic racial hatreds not just in Hungary but worldwide.
February 17, 2017
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Although the film is told from Szegedi’s point of view, it’s to directors Joseph Martin and Sam Blair’s credit that they allow the uncertainty to linger in this troubling, open-ended film.
April 12, 2016
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Mr. Szegedi learns an inconvenient truth: He is of Jewish lineage. His grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor… He begins to embrace his Jewish identity, perhaps out of necessity. “Why didn’t you stop me?” he asks his family about his political activity. Even if you are unmoved by Mr. Szegedi’s personal story (I found him somewhat sympathetic), what “Keep Quiet” tells us about its larger themes is upsettingly pertinent.
February 16, 2017
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