WITH A MONK / UTAZÁSOK EGY SZERETESSEL
Children’s faces: beaming, sad, earnest and laughing. When the
vibrant Franciscan monk Csaba Böjte is not behind the wheel of his
car or talking into his cell-phone, he is usually surrounded by children.
They belong to the Hungarian minority that lives in a former Hungarian
part of Romania. Many of the people are impoverished because of the collapse
of the iron and steel industries – the factories that used to employ
50,000 people now only have work for 4,000. They live under unimaginably
difficult circumstances. Parents often cannot feed their children and
have to go to the dump to illegally scrounge for iron – the only
way to get food on the table. Again and again, the fathers have to go
to prison for it, a vicious circle of misery and criminality that cannot
be broken without outside help.
Caligari: 09.04. / 1.30 p.m.