Julianna Ugrin

Hungary

Julianna Ugrin

producer

Afterglow

“I can clearly remember the first time I have heard about You. About the part of me, that was always missing from my life. My Grandmother often says, I was born with two missions. Firstly, to fill in the space that You left behind, secondly to bring peace into the family.” My brother was kidnapped by his own father, on the 3rd of June 1987 from Budapest, the capital of the communist Hungary. My mother went through unbearable pain of losing her son. The only way she could survive was burying this story deep in herself. I was born into this secret. It completely determined my life. I was looking for my brother everywhere. When I turned 14, I decided to find him. After six years of searching, I finally found him in Brussels. He became a head of an anti-terrorist team. His job is nothing else but saving people from being killed and kidnapped. After long years, I was able to convince my brother to meet my mother. Not long ago, they met after 28 years. Now he is looking for the truth about his past. As I started the search and organized the first meetings, I am the person linking the audience with the story. The film follows my lyric narrative and presents the story through my eyes. People who are involved as my mother, my own father, my brother’s father, the prosecutor and so on, telling the story, what happened in the past. Besides that, the family super 8 archives represent the past and the lost memories. The current situations, like my brother’s wedding last summer or the relationships, feelings which are changing are being filmed as well. So the past story, the present situations and my journey through finding my brother and making a film about it give the structure of my documentary. For me this film is a personal mission. The biggest task in my life was finding my missing brother, and the only way I can entirely fulfill this mission is to tell it with my tool, which is filmmaking.
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