The Free University

  • Hungary
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Imagine waking up as an “enemy of the people.” This was the reality waiting for students and staff of Central European University (CEU) as a coordinated legal and media apparatus began to demonise and eventually criminalise the Hungarian-American institution. The film follows students of CEU as they struggle against their exile by an increasingly authoritarian government. We follow their stories in a backsliding democracy and the consequences of democratic “red lines” being crossed with impunity.


  • Original Title
    Szabad Egyetem
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Ifra Asad
  • Editing
    Ádám Hushegyi
  • Runtime
    55 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Hungary
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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