NYU Abu Dhabi alumnus Máté Bede-Fazekas (Class of 2014) is making a feature-length documentary that explores the life and career of his father, a famous Hungarian opera singer. The film is concerned with the way political shifts in a country can affect the personal lives and careers of its citizens.
Bede-Fazekas developed his skills by working on a number of film projects during his time at NYUAD. In New York last year, he took the well-known Sight and Sound course offered at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In the course, he created an 18-minute film with a classmate called "The Invitation."
"The main character is tormented by guilt, and is obsessed with his girlfriend's death," Bede-Fazekas explained. "He decides there must be a way to bring her back, and he sets out to find a way." Bede-Fazekas has also worked on a movie shoot in the UAE's Liwa desert. And for his Capstone project, under the guidance of his mentor Visiting Professor of Film and New Media Scandar Copti, and in collaboration with fellow NYUAD alumnus Nolan Funk, he made an interactive movie that has eight possible endings: "There will be a decision moment when the audience as a group has to make a collective choice." He has also collaborated with NYUAD students and Professor of Music Carlos Guedes on an interactive film installation that has been shown in Dubai.
But the biggest and most personal project he has undertaken is the documentary about his father. In the summer of 2013, Bede-Fazekas traveled to his home country of Hungary to compile footage of his father, who was born in 1933 and grew up during World War II and the subsequent communist era. Bede-Fazekas believes that his father's life story and career in the arts provides a fascinating example of how the war, and the subsequent communist regime, affected the lives of Hungarians.