Burdened by the Past
Judit Ember was an artist and sociologist. Her childhood experiences made her a sensitive person who grasps the complexity of social conditions in an emphatic way, yet her films were banned from screening in socialist Hungary and did not get to be seen by broad audiences. Her body of work transpires a strong personality who takes an unaccustomed path, challenges status quo, and was deeply concerned with human suffering. Asia Dér creates a deep and punctual film about Judit Ember, a filmmaker who did not compromise neither as an artist nor as a person. The film is seeking an answer to a difficult question: what is the price of artistic truth? How was someone able to make films in the 1970-80s in a way that they are more actual today than ever?