Special Screening of "There Was Once"

Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 27, 2014

To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman will host a screening of the documentary film “There Was Once,” on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Ambassador Mike Kozak will deliver introductory remarks.

“There Was Once” tells the story of Gyöngyi Mago, a Catholic high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary, who discovers the history of a Jewish community in Kalocsa that was lost in the Holocaust. Ms. Mago engages her students as she teaches tolerance and fights prejudice in the face of an emerging cultural and political right-wing reality in present-day Hungary.

Following the film is a question and answer session with Gabor Kalman, the film’s director, and Ms. Mago, the teacher, who will join via digital video conference from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. There will be an opportunity to interview Mr. Kalman after the program.

This event is open to the public and the press.

Pre-set time for cameras: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Final access time for press: 10:15 a.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Members of the public should send their name, date of birth, and driver’s license state and number or passport number to DRL-Events@state.gov no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 and present that piece of identification on entry. Minors can send information on their student ID card and present that card on entry. Please arrive at the State Department’s 23rd Street Entrance (350 23rd Street, N.W.) no later than 10:15 a.m.

For further information, please contact Carole Jackson, Press Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor at JacksonCA@state.gov or (202) 647-4129.