Trailer for BUILT TO LAST – RELICS OF SOCIALIST ARCHITECTURE is out!

We are in the last postproduction phase of the 3 years long project BUILT TO LAST – RELICS OF SOCIALIST ARCHITECTURE, collaborating with FAMU editor Josef Hrdlička and music dramaturgist and producer Tadeáš Haager on the final touches.

The film will be released in September 2017.

World premiere will happen on 6 October 2017 at ARCHFILM LUND Festival, Sweden.

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TEL AVIV BENCHES

I arrived in Tel Aviv for 1 week to attend the 2nd International Filmmaking Workshop KINO TLV. It was the week of the Israeli pesah holiday and the biggest partying city in the Middle East was relatively quiet, shops & bars were closed on that Friday night. I was walking along the night streets of Tel Aviv, enjoying the warm night and getting inspired for the upcoming filmmaking week… The inspiration was all around – the amazing modern architecture, bauhaus, crappy cheap houses, the long beautiful beach, Old Yaffo arabic district with the chants of moazzins, the magic Florentin and Neve Tsedek neighborhoods. And of course the people.

What caught my attention (I noticed it already last year when I was visiting the city for the first time) were the benches standing opposite each other on the pavements close to the busy roads all around Florentin and other areas. Who would ever want to sit in a proximity of  busy traffic and hang out there I thought to myself – as I was observing the streets later during the day, some people were sitting there from time to time, chatting, relaxing, taking a break with their heavy shopping bags, or just chilling out in the evenings when it was not too hot and the streets were not so busy anymore. For me those benches are also symbol of a dialog and conversation… Yet, they are standing at very absurd places, I created bit absurd situations. Here is the result…

And many thanks to Czech Centre in Tel Aviv for supporting this stay.

We prepare a documentary film about gay refugees – support our crew!

We’re an international team of filmmakers and we would use your help with funding our new project – GOING WEST!

In the recent months, the Middle East has seen a mass migration of people fleeing its conflicts and wars. Among these refugees, there’s a number of LGBT* folks leaving for Europe to not only find peace, but also the freedom to be themselves.

Back home, they are at a hight risk of violence, torture or death – and this risk follows them along their way until they reach safety.

The short documentary we’re working on will give space to specific refugees to express their concerns and hopes for their future lives. The film will focus on their personal stories and the similarities between them, trying to find their common ground. One of the side themes will also be how new technologies enabled their escape and what it is that they wouldn’t share with the world on social media, what is left unsaid. To get a bigger picture, we’ll also interview the official organizations that provide services for these people.

Here is our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign. You can support our crew by liking our Facebook page or just support the project financially – any $ will help – we work for free, all the money go to the production expenses.

Thank you!

Relics of Socialist Architecture – PART 2: HUNGARY

From 22.6. – 24.7. 2015, I’m working on my second part of video-art project “RELICS OF SOCIALIST ARCHITECTURE IN EASERN BLOC”, researching and collecting archival film footage at OSA Archivum, Central European University and filming around Budapest and even south in Dunaújváros, the artificial socialist town founded and constructed in 1950’s. Thanks all collaborators on this project for their kind support – especially: Kati Gadoros (OSA), prof. Isztvan Rév (OSA), Alessandro Grimaldi (L’altra Budapest), Anna Mária Nagy (Dunaújváros specialist), Dumitru Rusu (Socialist Modernism / B.A.C.U – Romania), Ewa Rosiak-Zieba, Hakeem Smith, Eszter Lázar (OSA fellows), Mathew G. Erdo (editor), Gáspár Hájdu (xorxor.hu), Belle Belle (music composer), Lily Nagy, Enikő Váczy & András Nagy (my awesome roommates). Communist presentation_leaflet_OSA Here is a PPT I presented at OSA on 13 July 2015: OSA PRESENTATION HARUNA HONCOOPOVA 13JULY2015_OK

Few pictures from my shooting: Water tower at Csepel (southern Budapest) IMG_1748 Main entrance to Csepel Müvek factoryCsepel Müvek main entrance Déli Palyaudvar trainstation building, Budapest (1975)déli Church Farkasrét templom, Budapest (1975, arch. István Szabó)IMG_1906 Main entrance to a steel factory Dunai Vasmü, Dunaújváros IMG_2051 Post office building, Dunaújvárosposta_dunaujvaros One of the oldest highrise in Dunaújvároshighrise_Dunaujvaros

And finally PART 1 of the whole project – short experimental film from Bucharest, TREI MINUTI DESPRE UN ORAS BUCARESTI which I filmed during NISI MASA Experimental Film Workshop in December 2013 but finally completed during my fellowship in Budapest:

Snímek obrazovky 2015-07-15 v 9.07.39 PM