Interview with Miklós Mitrovits, coordinator of the PAREVO project

In the middle of his engineering studies, he decided to learn history, and by the end of 2014, despite his young age, he was awarded by the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in return to his research work about Poland.  Zoltán Oszkár Szőts, the editor in chief of the Újkor.hu website, made an in-depth interview with Miklós Mitrovits, research fellow at the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The full interview is available here: Újkor.hu (In English here: KKEU BLOG)


Przegląd filmów dokumentalnych ilustrujących przemiany demokratyczne minionych 25 lat

13 marca, piątek, godz.18.00

Filmy poświęcone współautorom przemian, ich losom i aktywnościom

Pokolenie ’89

reż.: Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz | Polska | 2003 | 61 min

Revolution Girls | Holky z fildy + spotkanie z twórcami

reż.: Natasha Dudinski i Tatiana Markowa | Czechy | 2009 | 70 min

14 marca, sobota, godz. 18.00

Filmy poświęcone losom zwykłych ludzi, w trakcie przemian i po ich zakończeniu

Miners’ Bread | Banicky chlebicek

reż.: Roman Fábian | Słowacja | 2013 | 60 min

Borderline Case | Hatareset + spotkanie z twórcami

reż.: Peter Szalay |Węgry | 2006 | 27 min


miejsce | Europejskie Centrum Solidarności, pl. Solidarności 1 w Gdańsku (audytorium)

więcej informacji | ecs.gda.pl | parevo.eu

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All films are to show in original with Polish subtitles!

Entry free!


Organisers of the International Documentary Film Festival PAREVO 2.0 are delighted to introduce a new sevice. The opening speech, as well as, the open discussions following the film thematic film sections are to broadcast online, thus anyone can follow the festival The PAREVO Ustream channel is available at the home page.

The live webcast program is as follows:


17:00 – 17:15

Opening Ceremony
Filmmaker Ernő Nagy and historian Miklós Mitrovits are to give an opening speech and welcome the participants of the Film Festival.

19:50 – 20:30
Open discussion about the heroes of 89’
Guests: film director Marková Taťána and historian Eszter Zsófia Tóth


21:30 – 22:00

Discussion about the Transformation
Guests: historian Róbert Takács and historian Miklós Mitrovits


15:25 – 16:15
Open discussion about the peripheries
Guests: film director András Pétrerffy and filmmaker Ernő Nagy



Eight documentary trailers already available to visitors on the youtube channel of PAREVOFEST. The list is constantly extending. It worth checking! J


The Hungarian translation of the book Havel: A life by Michael Žantovský is to release by HVG Publishing House on 28th November 2014. It is an honour to announce that the International Documentary Film Festival PAREVO 2.0 will present the book for the first time and the audience have the great opportunity to buy the book at the opening ceremony of the event. We shall note that the closing film of the documentary film festival is also connected to the legendary figure of the Czech anti-communist opposition, the first president of Czechoslovakia and later Czech Republic (Citizen Havel, directed by Pavel Koutecký and Miroslav Janek, 120 min, 2008). Welcome everybody!

HavelAbout the book

The Velvet Revolution in Prague broke out 25 years ago on 17th November 1989. The significance of the revolution is fully recognized during the process of a -more or less – gentle and non-violent power transition in our region. Due to his charismatic personality, his chief position at Charter 77 and his unbroken faith in in the vulnerable, Václav Havel became a key figure in the success of the revolution.

Havel is considered the most outstanding figure of the 20th century: an iconoclastic intellectual, a well-known playwright who turned out to be an imprisoned political and human right activist. As the last president of Czechoslovakia, then the first president of Czech Republic, not only did he urge reconciliation within the frontiers but also he encouraged to build good relations with the neighbours.

“Those who were fighting sanguinary with revenge are now terrified of us. Although, they have nothing to be afraid of. We are not like them, we are different” – said once in a speech following the victory of the revolution.

Michael Žantovský was one of Havel’s closest friends, having met in the democratic opposition under Communism. During Havel’s early years in office Žantovský was his press secretary, advisor, and political director, and their friendship endured until Havel’s death in 2011. A rare witness to this most extraordinary life, Žantovský presents a revelatory portrait—up close and personal—of this giant among men and the turbulent times through which he prevailed Currently Žantovsky is the delegated ambassador of the British Royal Court in Czech Republic and he is the president of the Aspen Institute in Prague. Beside his political and external action service, he is a remarkable author and an active Czech translator of numerous contemporary British and American writers.


The Havel autobiography by Michael Žantovský has so far been the most comprehensive work on Havel’s career and life. Regardless all the contradictions around his fugure, Havel’s name cannot be eliminated from the list of the Czech national heroes. There’s no need to lower our register when determining his role, Havel -in a particular way – was a true hero of independence. If you are interested in the history of 20th century East-Central-Europe, the shaping of a close culture, it is an imperative for you to read this book.

György Varga literary translator , former ambassador of Prague

Many times president Havel and I discussed the Beneš decrees, which for the Czech meant exclusively the deployment of the Germans. I told to Havel that even we- the Hungarians- were deported in line with these decrees. He said this case was urgent and the resolution could not be delayed. He also appointed me to set up an expert committee that could manage to solve the problem in no time. What a character! When something clashed with his moral values, Havel did not hesitate to take actions. He told directly what he thought and dared to take steps.

Péter Hunčík, psychiatrist, Havel’s advisor 1990 – 1992

I first encountered with Havel forty years ago. I can remember his friendly smile, his deep murmuring voice and his special meditative sense of humour. In my eyes, he was a manifestation of perspicacious and liable European politics. It happened not only once that Havel and I signed a mutual statement and I trusted his judgement. An inner voice always reminded me “if he thinks it is the right way, then I must believe him”.

György Konrád writer, sociologist


November 24, 2014 Hungarian Telegraphic Office (MTI), Budapest – PAREVO 2.0 International Documentary Film Festival launches in Budapest located DocuArt Cinema on Friday. The three-day-event involves a series of retrospective film screenings dealing with countries in the Visegrad Group (V4): Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in relation to the transformation with its aftermaths in the 25-year-period that has passed since the changes occurred. Attendance is free of charge.

Organizers of the Film Festival told MTI that during the event, due to take till Sunday; as many as sixteen films will be presented. The documentaries tend to focus on the democratic transition and the economic system-change accomplished in East-Central-Europe involving a retrospective analysis on the 25-year-period following the changes. As the organizers say, the program was to compose in accordance with a thematic consideration. The films on show are to unfold both sides of the system-change in 1989; on the one hand the possibilities and the establishment of democracy, on the other hand the everyday life of the failed social groups.

Each V4 country will be represented by one documentary respectively. The films uncover the details on how the political system-changes processed in the region by sharing a few original, almost forgotten archives in the films.

A separated, particular section is to introduce the films that reproduce the memories of the past 25 years by discovering a couple of life stories. Film characters were selected from the generation 89′, while political and morality issues were under the microscope. Meanwhile, some other films are to present the faith of the unequivocally failed participants of the system-change – festival description says.

Film director Ernő Nagy and historian Miklós Mitrovits are to give the opening speech on Friday. The Festival launches with the Czech documentary Revolution Girls, then continues with Polish film director Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz’s 61 mins film Generation 89.

On Saturday director László Révész B.’s documentary ’89 month by month – January, as well as, In the storm of the time – The Chronicle of Nádudvar 1988-2008 will be seen at the festival venue DocuArt cinema.

On the final day, Slovakian film director Marek Kubes’s film Just a small Propaganda and another remarkable piece Three Kings – Part 1: The Crab King directed by Hungarian filmmaker Dezső Zsigmond are to show. Film screenings will be followed by open discussions, in which historians, sociologists and film directors will take part.

“The main objective of the Project PAREVO 2.0 to facilitate and promote the development of a certain social mind-set that relegates the interpretation of the historic events from the current political field, thus fosters the democratic, European social and historic consciousness in the countries of V4″ – the organisers said.

Beyond the Budapest venue, Documentary Film Festival PAREVO 2.0 is planned to present its films in Gdansk, Prague and Bratislava.

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MTI, November 24, 2014., Monday 17:06



A comprehensive and enjoyable book titled “1989 – The Final Days of the Communist Regime in East-Central Europe” has been published by three Polish historians, namely Aleksander Gubrynowicz, Pawel Ukielski and Adam Burakowski. The book presents the system changes that accomplished in the former GDR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria including the preludes, as well as, the aftermaths of the processes. The events are told retrospectively and unfolded from the beginning till the present. This outstandingly exciting reading now fills a gap in the Hungarian book market.

Thanks to the Publish House Rézbong the book is available in Hungarian translation and participants of the PAREVO 2.0 Film Festival can purchase it at a special reduced price at DocuArt Cinema on the opening day of the event.



Our flyers have been desinged and are now available for free download and print. Do not hesitate to share them! Thank you. J


25 years after the democratic transformation

Parevo_2.0_FB_alkatreszek-03_A_profilIn the frames of the Project PAREVO 2.0 the East-Central European democratic transition and the economic system change shall be presented with retrospective of the events of the 25 years that have passed since then through visual and historical assets. The main target of the project is to promote the development of the social thinking that deposes the interpretation of the historic events from the current political sphere in the nations of the Visegrad Group, as well as, to foster the democratic European social and historic awareness. Meanwhile, the project is to set a mirror in front of the system change: a series of dramatic documentaries are to present the inconveniences of the economic transformation. All the Eastern-European countries offer stories about how the manufactories, cooperative unions that had formerly shaped the society and created the community feeling were to lay-off. Even if the factories had not proved to be effective in production, they were indispensible for social life and recognition.

Thus, the Project PAREVO 2.0 intends to display both sides of the system change: despite focusing solely on the democracy and the possibility to create that, it experiments to show the defeated social groups’ everyday life.

The program of the Project PAREVO 2.0 is to organize thematically.

First of all, the most significant events of the system change are to present. Each of the four Visegrad nation’s film provides an insight behind the stage of politics enlightening undiscovered details about the processes of the system change in this region. The documentaries in this section contain true contemporary records that have almost been forgotten.

Secondly, we put a great emphasis on films that evoke the history of the 1989’s generation. The chronicle of the past 25 years is to report via life stories of these film heroes and examined from different perspectives. The question arises if the aims and ideals of the system change have been fulfilled.

Furthermore, project editors were searching for films that analyze the issue of politics and morals. Years after the system change, is that possible to deal with politics on moral grounds, due to one’s own ethic principles? Also, films that examine mass media manipulation belong to this group.

Last but not least, the audience are to present documentaries that demonstrate the life stories of the victims of the system change, those whom the politics left alone, the ones who had no hope for changing their lives any better. However, the answer has yet been under the microscope: is it yet possible to find a way out from this severe situation? How strong is human willpower? How far does it lead you if you fight alone?

We wish to organize the documentary film festival series PAREVO 2.0 in Budapest, Gdańsk, Prague and in Bratislava during 2014-2015.

Key partners of the Project PAREVO 2.0: Film&Sociology (Prague), Filmtopia (Bratislava) and European Solidarity Center (Gdansk).

The Project PAREVO 2.0 is being supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the Strategic Grant.


Welcome everyone to the brand new website of Project PAREVO.

Beyond the programs of the International Documentary Film Festival PAREVO 2.0, we are to constantly extend our website and upload interesting contents such as documentaries and useful materials of historical content.

Enjoy browsing! J