Easy Lessons

Dorottya Zurbó, Hungary, 2018, 78’

Kafiya Mahdi Said’s flight from Somalia meant escape from an arranged marriage – an old man had expressed interest in her and so her father sold her. Kafiya’s mother, facing a heartbreaking choice, bravely had the fifteen year old spirited away by a smuggler, knowing full well that she would never see her daughter again. But over the years mother is constantly in Kafiya’s thoughts as the teen struggles to master Hungarian and the subjects she needs to graduate from school in her adopted country. Learning about European history through her eyes subtly raises questions about the hegemony of the West and the political process that made her a refugee. Elegant and graceful, Kafiya apparently slides easily into middle class society but inside she’s dislocated and returns constantly to her mother’s memory for comfort.

Please see note on parental guidance below.

Dorottya Zurbó (Budapest, 1988) graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Master for which she was awarded full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. She is also an honours graduate in film theory and history from ELTE, Budapest. Currently she is a D.L.A. student at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest where she is also a lecturer in the field of transmedia and documentary. Her short films have won several awards and have been screened in many festivals (Verzió, One World, Doclisboa, Zagrebdox, Jihlava). She co-directed a documentary (The Next Guardian; 2017) shot in Bhutan which was premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition and participated in many international festivals so far. Easy Lessons is her first directorial debut alone supported by the Incubator Program of the Hungarian National Film Fund. She was invited to the IDFAcademy Summer School 2015.

She was part of Sarajevo Talent Campus 2015. She was awarded with a scholarship for young emerging artists from the Hungarian Academy of Arts for one year in 2015.

Director: Dorottya Zurbó

Producer: Julianna Ugrin

Camera: Natasha Pavlovskaya

Editor: Péter Sass

Sound: Rudolf Várhegyi H.A.S.E.

Music: Ádám Balázs


Friday 15th November, 5.00pm, Cinema 1 (Q&A)


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