The Danube exodus (The Jewish exodus, the German exodus)
(A Dunai exodus)

documentary, video, 60 minutes

co-produced with: Netherlands


Péter Forgács is one of the most prominent so-called found footage filmmakers. In particular home movies and amateur films serve as the basis of stories he reveals and rearranges by using recovered personal and historical events. He is primarily interested in the way in which these films seem to depict only happy moments, but on closer consideration they also appear to tell a hidden history, which can be brought back to the surface by the recycling filmmaker. In the travelogue The Danube Exodus, he documents the Jewish exodus from Slovakia at the beginning of World War II. In three boats, a group of five hundred Slovak Jews tried to reach the Black Sea via the river Danube, in order to get to Palestine. Forgács based his film on the amateur films of Nándor Andrásovits, the captain of one of the boats. He filmed his passengers while they prayed, slept and even got married. At the end of the journey, it is clear that the boat will not return empty: a reverse exodus takes place, this time of repatriating Germans.


Péter Forgács Director
Péter Forgács Screenplay
Nándor Andrásovits Director of photography
Katalin Juhász Editor
Tibor Szemző Music
Zsolt Hubay, István Hárváth Sound
Cesar Messemaker Producer
Creation Ltd., VPRO TV, Lumen Film / NL Production company
Péter Forgács, Bea Szemző, Andor Lukáts Cast


Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 1999 Non-fiction Category Main Prize
Cracow Film Festival - 1999 Legjobb dok. film "Ezüst Sárkány"


Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival - 1999
Prague One World - 2000
Melbourne Festival of Jewish Cinema - 1999
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - 2000
Ashkelon Jewish Eye Festival - 2010

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