Land of Our Fathers

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  • 2018. March 22.

Around half of the population was involved in the collectivization of peasants’ farms between 1948 and 1961. The confiscation of peasants’ property, the collectivization of lands and people joining farmers’ cooperatives was achieved by force and intimidation. In the meanwhile, traditional communities were shattered to pieces along with the lifestyle and culture.

The film on the history of enforced collectivization provides the formerly persecuted, the victims and families involved with the opportunity to remember with respect. Those who talk about their recollections are witnesses of the era. Their stories as well as pieces of news stories with agitational purposes, documents of the time paint a picture how the peasantry was terrorized and forced into cooperatives at the time.

The film was commissioned by the Committee of National Remembrance with the cooperation of the Directorate for Public Collections and Public Education (The Office of the National Assembly).
The producer is the Committee of National Remembrance.

Archive parts: Hungarian National Film Fund

Archive photos and documents: Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security, Diafilmgyártó Kft., Fortepan, Getty Images, Museum of Göcsej, Hungarian National Museum,  Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Archives of the Hungarian National Archives, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Archives of the Hungarian National Archives, MTVA-MTI, National Szécheny Library, Museum of the Police Force, the private collection of Sándor Vágó, wikimedia.

The film is protected by copyright in its entirety; the copyright holder is the Office of the National Assembly. Using any part of the film  except for the general-interest uses determined in the Law of Copyright  is only possible with a written authorization of the copyright holder.