A documentary film about the transformation of an exile community nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War. This film is about growing up in an exile community in the West, developing a double-identity, and becoming a hyphenated-somebody. It’s about learning to have two homelands at the same time - one in real life, and the other imagined and maintained by parents who were forced to flee. It is about a first generation of children whose parents lived abroad longer than they originally expected to, and who never really assimilated.
The Life of László Hudec: in his own words
L.E. Hudec (1893-1958) was a Hungarian architect who fled the vicissitudes of Europe in the early 20th century, taking with him the style and knowledge of European building design and construction. His work - spanning nearly 30 years of Shanghai’s economic and cultural ‘glory days’ - includes the first skyscraper from London to Tokyo. New archive materials surfaced from his descendants in Hungary and the U.S. show a man living at the crossroads between Europe and China. Through his childrens' testimony, through his incredible film footage, and through our research of his footsteps, his story gives an extraordinary inside look at the first rush of Europeans to China, of its first modernization, and of the turmoil of the 20th century.
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