I AM A GYPSY
Hungarians and Gypsies have been living together for centuries. The status quo is that the Hungarians are smart and the Gypsies are stupid. There is a gay, 7-year-old boy, Lali, who wants to challenge this. But he does the unpardonable: he wins a competition against Hungarian kids. The powers-that-be turn against him and take away everything from Lali. They kick him out of school, they humiliate him, let him starve. The only thing they can’t take away is Lali’s victory. He’s proven that a Gypsy can be as smart, if not smarter, than a white Hungarian if he’s given an equal opportunity.
Gergely’s directorial debut ”Johnny Famous”, a drama feature he wrote, directed and produced about a complex mother and son relationship won the First Prize in the Hungarian Film Week in 2000. He has been successfully writing and directing feature films, documentaries and television series ever since, including directing HBO Hungary’s local original series Tarsas Jatek.
Gergely’s notable works include „Made in Hungaria”, a musical comedy feature film which was selected for Karlovy Vary Variety Critics Choice Section, and won Best Picture at the Granada Film Festival in 2009 and „The House of the Stone Monkeys” – a Tv movie nominated for the Rocky Awards at Banff World Media Festival, and for the Golden Panda Award – Best Director category at the Sichuan International TV Festival in 2015.
Gergely spent the last couple of years discovering his own heritage and family history and as an author he is focused on telling stories of how traumatic childhood experiences, addiction, abuse, social discrimination and minority existence shape our lives and identity.
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