Theatrical Release in Austria, Hungary and Germany: 23 September 2016
International Five Lakes Festival 2016: Best Documentary
Rated as "particularly good" by German Movie Rating Board
"Heart warming... full of touching moments... well worth seeing." Alexander Musik, orf.at
"Sensitive and precise." Diagonale
"Precisely observed and well balanced long term study. A clear statement for education."
János Orsós is of Romani descent, a teacher, and a Buddhist. Inspired by the history of the Dalits or "untouchables" in India, birthplace of both Romani culture and Buddhism, he founded a school in a small Hungarian village with the goal of enabling teenagers from the poorest Romani ghettos to attend universities. Angry Buddha documents János' resolute battle against the difficulties he faces over three years, while simultaneously painting affectionate yet honest portraits of the Romani youth who use humour and their own vitality to survive in a world of poverty and prejudice.
Production Metafilm, Tellux Film
Funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Österreichisches Filminstitut, ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Festivals Diagonale Graz, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Five Lakes Film Festival, Portobello Film Festival London, Szemrevaló Budapest, Buddhist Film Festival of Europe Amsterdam, Document Glasgow
Awards Best Documentary at the International Five Lakes Film Festival, Germany. Rated as "particularly good" by the German Movie Rating Board