- a documentary feature by Dorottya Zurbó
Kafia is 17 years old. Two years ago, she fled to Europe, Hungary on her own, escaping from a child marriage in Somalia. She has been living in a state children’s home in Budapest ever since. She learns the language, goes to high school, prepares for the Hungarian graduation exam and starts a modelling career. On the surface, everything seems fine. However, behind that beautiful and confident appearance lies a heavy heart. Her repetitive daily routine revolves around constant dilemmas and self-doubt about leaving behind her Muslim culture and everything else she grew up with. As she lets the camera get closer to her the film slowly becomes an intimate confession. What does it mean, on the brink of adulthood, to break with your past and fully give yourself up to a new self in order to live in Europe?
Easy Lessons is a poetic journey of adolescent Kafia. The taboos, dogmas and cultural values she grew up with in Somalia fall apart as she adapts for a new life in Hungary. Kafia’s Mum helped her escape her fate but how can she explain the changes she lives through? She feels a sense of duty and a desire for resurrection. This inner struggle becomes the film itself and the only form of confession.
Cast & crew
Director: Dorottya Zurbó
Producer: Julianna Ugrin
Director of Photography: Natasha Pavlovskaya
Editor: Péter Sass
Music: Ádám Balázs
Sound: Rudolf Várhegyi H.A.E.S.
Production: Ágnes Böjte
Colorist: Levente Salma
Original Title: Könnyű leckék
English Title: Easy Lessons
Duration: 78 min.
Year of Production: 2018
Country of Production: Hungary
Screening Format: DCP 2K Flat 1998x1080 1:85:1 25P; 5.1 sound
Colour (Colour, Black and White or both): Colour
Language: Hungarian, Somali
Production company: Éclipse Film Ltd.
Julianna Ugrin, producer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ágnes Böjte, production manager: email@example.com
World Sales: Syndicado
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