August 2nd, the memorial day of the Roma Holocaust, also marks the anniversary of the final attack in the series of killings targeting Roma in Hungary. A large number of companies, media groups and other organizations have joined together in an initiative to screen or publish short films to commemorate the victims and survivors of this wave of terror.
The many firms supporting Communication Center X (XKK) in this initiative include Telenor Hungary; IBM Hungary; The House of Terror Museum in Budapest; the Institute for Training and Consulting in Banking Ltd (ITCB) ; the Snétberger Music Talent Center, Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the Katona József Theatre. The full list can be found on the following link:
On August 2nd, the films will be released in all of the Budapest Film Company cinemas, and screened during the Valley of Arts Festival. There will also be a special screening of the films during the celebration of the Mass in the Jesuit Curch at Lőrincz pap Square in Budapest.
Six people were murdered and many injured in racially motivated serial killings against Roma people between January 2008 and August 2009 in Hungary. Molotov cocktails and firearms were used in the attacks. The fatalities included a 4-year-old child. Many of the victims, which included women and children, suffered serious injuries.
In order to call attention to the importance to stand up, speak out and make your voice heard against racially motivated hate crimes, the Budapest based Communication Center X (XKK) made four 2-minute-long films featuring well-known Hungarian actors.
The Virtual Commemoration Campaign is open and we invite you to join us on August 2nd; we also ask you to take an active role in remembering the victims by posting and sharing our English-subtitled short films on your pages and social media sites on the Internet.
Here you can find our timeline about the serial-killings:
Here you can find the link to our films: