All of our histories are a succession of accidents
In 1956, there was a popular uprising against the USSR in Hungary. The battle was fought
primarily from the Corvin Cinema, and the uprising led to one of the largest refugee crises of
the twentieth century. In a live commentary screening of a 1956 comedy about football,
scheduled to premiere at the Corvin Cinema the week of the uprising, Deborah Pearson
unlocks a surprisingly personal story.
A documentary, performed live, the performance runs the length of and is timed alongside
the film, using interviews with the exiled screenwriter and people involved with the film to
playfully reflect on immigration, suppression, and our personal links with history. This is a
show for lovers of cinema, and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a
little too long.