By Stefan Ludwig
Original version with English subtitles
János Orsós is a teacher and a Buddhist of Romani descent. 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. The ANGRY BUDDHA documents János’ resolute battle against the difficulties he faces over the course of 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.
Stefan Ludwig was born in 1978 in Eichstätt, Germany. He made his first short films when he was 16 years old. He studied Stage Directing at the Max Reinhardt Seminar Vienna, and Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Television and Film Munich. Since 2006, he has been working as a creator of documentaries and television journalism for BR, ORF, and Servus TV. He lives in Vienna.
Director: Stefan Ludwig
Script: Stefan Ludwig
Cinematography: Thomas Beckmann, Stefan Ludwig
Sound: Stefan Ludwig, Zoltán Dénes
Editing: Alexandra Schneider
Music: Martina Eisenreich
Production: Peter Drössler, Michael Cencig, Martin Choroba, Johanna Teichmann
FRIDAY, 18:00, with Q&A with protagonists