exposure

„Most of the memories, they just aren ́t real memories, they are memories on stories of memories. And memories on seen photos or memories on something written in newspapers or on once had imaginations and dreams…”( cit.mother, 2014) The revolt against soviet occupation in 1956 obliges a mother and her small child to seek shelter on the ranch of her grandparents on the countryside. The mother soon realizes that she is searched by soviet soldiers for her involvement in the revolt. She escapes across the Iron Curtain to West Germany and there is no chance of taking her child with her safely.

After 5 years of childhood, passed with a bunch of geese on the ranch, the young girl receives a message from her mother to follow her. Accompanied by her closest goose-maid she gets on her way to see her mother again. Finally they stand face to face to each other like strangers. Anyu, which means mother in Hungarian, is a story about the dichotomy between the social role of being a mother and deemed responsible for the raising of children and the willingness to avouch for freedom and take part in a revolt.

The story deals with conventional methods of storytelling, used in Disney and other mainstream productions. It refers to the loss of a parent and the growing up with a bunch of funny animals, like in “Bambi”, “Lion King” or “In a Land before times” for example. But Anyu describes that the splitting of a family, like it might happen a thousand times every day and everywhere in the world, can have different causes than just death or evil stepmothers.
The story is inspired on interviews with people the director met in a one year research in a Budapest residential homes for the elderly. Thanks a lot to the awesome interview-partners, who don´t want to be mentioned by name.