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Both political tale and love story, "Goodbye Hungaria" begins in a refugee camp in Hungary, home to hundreds of men, women and children fleeing war and oppression from every corner of the globe. To the refugees, Eastern Hungary is a cold and unwelcoming place; Asylum is rarely granted, and there are few opportunities for work. For most, the only way out of this legal limbo is through a thriving underground smuggling ring.
Jon Nealon's cinema veritÃ© documentary chronicles the lives of Abed Al-Sahli a Palestinian refugee who acts as advocate and de facto translator for the camp's Arab population, and Charu Newhouse, an American volunteer. As both Abed and Charu struggle to make life better for the refugees caught in the bureaucracy of international politics, their fates become connected. The film traces their unlikely love story from the hopelessness of the camp, to New York City where they come to start a new life, together.