The Forgotten Faces

Genre: Drama, History, Short
17 min

Michael Daniel Kale, aged 17.

Dead in the gutter

of Klmn Jzsef street,

Budapest, Hungary.

The date is Monday, October 29th, 1956.

It is morning, a harsh morning.

Everywhere can be seen

the scars of revolution.

Because for six days,

Budapest has been agonized by an armed

revolt against its communist government.

It was begun, as so many revolutions

are begun, by students.

These are their faces.

It was their ultimatum to the government

on October 23rd,

which set in motion

the gear wheels of revolution.

They are the faces

of embryo technicians,

lawyers, artists and teachers,

all fevered with the social

discontent of their time.

A discontent which has spread itself

from the most advanced of students,

to the most junior of school boys.

From their secret and forbidden

meeting places,

the revolution has brought

the students and the workers,

out onto the open

of the streets of Budapest.

Joined by soldiers and other civilians,

and armed with a few sub-machine guns,

grenades and ancient rifles,

and bearing their national flags

and emblems,

they march in procession

to defy the Hungarian government,

and the Russian tanks it has called in

to suppress them.

On this morning, October 29th,

such a procession passes up

our Klmn Jzsef street.

Their purpose, demonstration.

The objective, Parliament square

in the centre of the city.

But they are never to get there.

For suddenly the crowd is fired upon

by police snipers and machine gunners

on the roof of a nearby barracks.

In a few moments, many of the marchers

are lying dead on the ground below.

But the crowd finally manage

to fight their way into the building.

Then for a brief moment,

the oppressed become the oppressors

as the crowd take their revenge

on the uniformed men inside.

The dividing line between murder

and justifiable execution

is difficult to find.

And in the fury of the moment,

no one looks for it.

Those freedom fighters who died

have been moved further down the street

and lie flag-covered in the dust.

Around them, the everyday life

of Budapest starts again.

The grocery rounds-man, whose van

has been smashed by a Russian tank,

plods his way from house to house

with his bicycle,

his tyres slashed to ribbons

by the broken glass in the road.

Here is one of the dead, a schoolboy.

He will be buried in an improvised plot

in the nearby park.

One of the men goes off to find the

boy's family to tell them of his death.

They must come and identify the body.

The boy's name was Michael Vela Imredi

aged 18 years and three months.

Eight minutes ago,

he had tried to throw a grenade

through one of the police

barrack windows.

He had missed.

Some of his friends had laughed at him.

Then a bullet from a police sniper

had hit him in the back and killed him.

The man on the left is Tams Varasi,

a primary school teacher, aged 37.

A reserved and quiet man.

He only openly joined in the revolution

the day before this.

Because, as he said,

"loan no longer sit still

and do nothing,"

"when my friends are being killed

in the streets outside my home."

Now he is actively organizing

a local first-aid post.

Klmn Jzsef street lies

in an industrial suburb called Ujpest,

which like the entire capital has taken

on the appearance of a wartime Hungary.

The one small thing that Tams can

find time to do for the Imredi family

is to send one of the young boys who

knew him at school to take them home.

The first-aid post is in the cellar

at the rear of this ruined house.

It is packed with the wounded

from many neighbouring streets.

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Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins (born 29 October 1935) is an English film and television director. He was born in Norbiton, Surrey, lived in Sweden, Canada and Lithuania for many years, and now lives in France. He is one of the pioneers of docudrama. His films present pacifist and radical ideas in a nontraditional style. He mainly concentrates his works and ideas around the mass media and our relation/participation to a movie or television documentary. Nearly all of Watkins' films have used a combination of dramatic and documentary elements to dissect historical occurrences or possible near future events. The first of these, Culloden, portrayed the Jacobite uprising of 1745 in a documentary style, as if television reporters were interviewing the participants and accompanying them into battle; a similar device was used in his biographical film Edvard Munch. La Commune reenacts the Paris Commune days using a large cast of French non-actors. In 2004 he also wrote the book Media Crisis, which also discusses the monoform and the lack of debate around the construction of new forms of audiovisual media. more…

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