AJH Films and Passion Pictures are pleased to announce the World Premiere of Joseph Martin and Sam Blair’s KEEP QUIET at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, running April 13-24. The remarkable story of a far-right Holocaust denier’s stunning conversion to Orthodox Judaism, the film will be shown in the festival’s World Documentary Competition.
As vice president of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi was an influential young political leader who fervently espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and was a vocal supporter of the Holocaust denial movement. Shortly after his election to public office came a revelation: Szegedi was confronted with the shocking news that not only were his maternal grandparents Jewish, but his beloved grandmother was actually a survivor of Auschwitz who had hidden her faith for fear of further persecution.
Life as Szegedi knew it was over. Rejected by his party and unable to uphold the pillars of his previous life, he set out on an astonishing personal journey to confront, learn about and practice his Jewish faith. In a profound gesture of good will, an Orthodox rabbi in Budapest took him under his wing in his conversion.
By turns troubling and inspiring, KEEP QUIET explores Szegedi’s complex and contradictory character, prompting deep questions about his supposed epiphany and the very nature of religious faith.