The family portrayed in this film lives in a poor, rural area of Hungary facing daily discrimination and harassment while attempting to maintain the semblance of normalcy. They hear of the violent murder of a neighbouring Roma family perpetrated by strangers who arrived in the night and killed the family, children and all, in cold blood with shotguns. The film is based on a series of racist murders committed against the Roma people in Hungary in 2008-2009. Such violent attacks continue today.
Persecution of the Roma across Europe
Unfortunately, Canada is no paradise for the Roma people. I dread the day that I may have to look into the eyes of a Roma family in my office and say that Canada has decided Hungary is a safe place for them, and therefore has made Canada unsafe by denying them healthcare services. I apologize to the Roma people as a Canadian, but more importantly, I vow to continue the fight alongside them and front line workers around the country to push for a fairer immigration system, because there are no safe countries, seemingly including my own.