Screening of ‘Vortex’, Wednesday 7 March 2012

Centre for the Study of Central Europe, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 4pm, Room 432, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW


A production by the Hunnia FilmStudio and the Open University

Presented by co-director John Oates

John Oates is a researcher in early childhood development and a Senior Lecturer at the Child and Youth Studies Group with the Department of Education and Language Studies at the Open University. In 2009 he co-directed the social documentary feature film Vortex (Örvény) with Hungarian documentary film director Csaba Szekeres. Filmed over a period of six months, the film shows the lives of Roma families in a small village in Hajdú-Bihar county, Eastern Hungary, near the Romanian border. Unemployment is close to 100% in this community, and the isolation, poverty, and discrimination against the Roma create a situation in which families find it hard to live decent lives. The film focuses on the experiences of three families, following the various hardships and setbacks they faced over the period of filming and beyond.

The screening of the 76-minute film will be followed by a discussion with the director and wine reception.

Please confirm your interest in attending this event with Eszter Tarsoly: e.tarsoly[at]

Further links:

A short OU news article about the award-winning film, and another on the OU’s first documentary film premiered in the UK at Amnesty International.

Entry at the documentary page.

The film trailer on youtube.

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