décembre 1, 2022

Far from the motherland

Deep in Romania’s center rises an invisible border. Crossing it is surreal. You are in the same center of the country, but everything works in Hungarian: schools, radios, supermarkets…. You have just entered Széklerland. The Székelys, the ethnic Hungarians living…

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Deep in Romania’s center rises an invisible border. Crossing it is surreal. You are in the same center of the country, but everything works in Hungarian: schools, radios, supermarkets…. You have just entered Széklerland.
The Székelys, the ethnic Hungarians living here, established in the region in the 13th century. Until 1918, when Transylvania was handed over to Romania, they stayed under Hungarian domination.
Barely acknowledged, Székelys sum up EU’s largest national minority. 400 kilometers away from their motherland, they seek a greater autonomy and the right to keep their traditions and use their language.
Having stood for a century, this situation is a paradigm of the identity-vs.-integration conflict that recently spread around Europe: Brexit, Euro-skepticism…
Far from the motherland, a multimedia piece depicting excerpts of Széklerland’s daily life, explores some of the concepts that lead to these tensions: nation, identity, religion, language and ethnicity, recognition…

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