There Was Once... (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

There Was Once... (2011)





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Mrs. Gyongyi Mago is a high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary. While looking for a subject for her dissertation she discovered a forgotten part of local history, the Jewish community that once thrived but is now non-existent in her city. She is not Jewish. Engaging her students in her research, she teaches tolerance and fights prejudice in her classroom. Her quest is set against a background of renewed racial tensions, growing intolerance and the recurrence of neo Nazism in Hungary today. -- (C) Official Site
Documentary , Special Interest
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Kathleen Gati
as English Voice of Gyongyi Mago
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Critic Reviews for There Was Once...

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

"There Was Once ...may feel like sober, do-gooder public television, but it has integrity, recording one specific town's slice of living history. Simple as that, it's a worthy document.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
New York Times
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Much in this wholly absorbing and poignant documentary is familiar from numerous previous Holocaust accounts, but Mago and her quiet sense of moral obligation provides a fresh perspective.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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A vitally personal version of a story often told in anonymous terms.

Full Review… | September 20, 2011
Village Voice
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Starts out like a teacher's history lesson about a vanished past, but turns into a detective story as memories collide, link to witnesses, and a nightmare starts to repeat.

Full Review… | October 9, 2011

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