Memory Project 1956/2021
1956 was the real year I was born.
In Rummerfield, Pennsylvania at the height of the Cold War, a handful of young American-Hungarians were ready to fight for freedom in a homeland they barely knew. Nearly half a century later, in 2016, they return to the remote, run-down farm along the Susquehanna River, to the revolution of their past – and the dreams of their youth. This is an unusual class reunion that speaks about the Iron Curtain, the Cold War and being a hyphenated American. About having two homelands – and one sense of justice.
“We were training to eventually help liberate Hungary, that we would eventually become either paratroopers or in some way cross the border and go back to Hungary as part of a liberation organization.”
-András Ludányi, (political scientist, member of the Hungarian-American Rifle Association)
Cold Warriors/Lövészek (USA/Hungary, 56 min., 2017)
Written and Directed by: Réka Pigniczky
Original idea: Andrea Lauer Rice
Cinematography: Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga and Réka Pigniczky
Editor: László Hargittai, H.S.E.
Music by: Gergely Parádi
Producer: Barnabás Gerő and Réka Pigniczky
Produced by: 56 Films
Supported by: The 1956 Commemoration Committee of Hungary, Lauer Learning, and the Memory Project
USA Premiere – Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Fest, Chagrin Falls, OH, October 6, 2017
Television Premiere – DUNA TV, October 23, 2017
Hungarian Premiere – Urania Cinema, Budapest, Hungary, November 7, 2017