Logline: Used to be the factory, now the Church organizes the small Hungarian community in Transcarpathia.

Lenin was not needed anymore, says the title of the documentary, which was shot in the picturesque Kobyletska Poljana (in Hungarian: Gyertyánliget) in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

The film reveals the everyday life of the Hungarian community before and after the collapse of the Soviet regime. The local factory was established in 1774 and until 1991 it secured employment for 1500 local inhabitants, so as to workers commuting from nearby villages. Since the factory’s closure, residents seek employment outside of Ukraine. The outmigration pose serious threat to the survival of the Hungarian community (approximately 300 people) living in Kobyletcka Poljana.

The film (with English subtitles) was made by Ágnes Erőss and Mária Takács.
The project was supported by the Hungarian Academy of Arts (project nr.: 0139-MMA-19-P)

Trailer and film


Writer:  Ágnes Erőss
Camera, editing: Mária Takács

Photo: Ágnes Seregély, Magdolna Timár

Producer: Magdolna Timár
Directors: Ágnes Erőss, Mária Takács

Production Company: Civil Works Association

Photos Lenin wasn’t needed anymore

Critics-reviews // Festivals

“Kárpátalja egyfajta izgalmas homályban leledzik” – interjú egy új, Kárpátaljáról szóló online felületről

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Ars Sacra Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary – 2020.

Dr KósKároly ethnographer  Film Festival, Szombathely, Hungary – 2020.

Hét Domb Fesztivál, Komló, Hungary – 2021.

Duna Television, Hungary, – 2021.

Ruszisztikai napok ,ELTE, Budapest, Hungary, – 2023.