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Short documentary

Release date: 2019


Does hungaro-pessimism really exist? Are Hungarians more pessimistic than other nations of the world? Our short documentary addresses these questions,

building on a variety of disciplines as well as on everyday experience.

A precise account of the national psychology of Hungarians might always be beyond our reach, but everyone agrees that it exists and that it is unique. While

pessimism is not a specifically Hungarian phenomenon, several studies suggest that Hungarians are particularly prone to exaggerate the negative aspects of the

world, and this way of thinking became an important part of our national

identity as well..


Directors: Matyas Kalman, Julia Halasz

Creative researcher: Anna Rubi, Zsuzsanna Debre

Editor: Nandor Groger

Animation: Livia Janoch


Supported by Hungarian National Film Fund

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