Once They Were Neighbours
North American Premiere
Koszeg is a picturesque small town surrounded by mountains on the Austrian border of Hungary. 60 years have passed since any Jews have lived here. What did the bystanders see and what do they believe they saw in their community during the last days of WWII? The film raises difficult questions regarding the actions of average non-Jewish Hungarians while their Jewish neighbours were sent to their death. The people of Koszeg - along with the entire Hungarian society - have never really faced the past, never taken responsibility, never asked the questions: How did we let it happen? What could have been done?