Films/Andreas Bolm

37 min, 35 mm, D/H 2006
Hungarian with English subtitles


Zoli earns his livelihood abroad by skinning chinchillas in a Danish fur factory. The film begins with the story of Zoli's return to the periphery, to the small Hungarian village of Jaba. Zoli's family, settled Romas, struggle to earn their living by hiring themselves out as day-labourers. For Zoli, Jaba has no work and no prospects, so he kills time and waits. Standstill. "Jaba" tells the story of survival in one of Europe's poorest regions. A movie about the outsiders. The protagonists portray their own lives. A film that is as raw and poetic as the people themselves.

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Cast : Zoltan Nagy, Lajos Nagy, Margit Nagy, Tamas Nagy

Director, Editor : Andreas Bolm 

Photography : Gert Breiter

Sound : Karoly Stocker

Sound Design : Di Basa

Producers : Kristina Konrad, Ursula Scribano

Executive Producers : Markus Nechleba, Andreas Bolm
Production : weltfilm
in association with : pickpocket production, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München,
financially supported by FFF FilmFernsehFonds bayern, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst

International Sales : weltfilm ( 85 64 09 )

Distribution : weltfilm (, +49/30/42 85 64 09 )

Festivals: 59th Festival de Cannes-Official Selection Cinefondation, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2006, Festival International du documentaire de Marseille 2006, IDFA Amsterdam 2006, 48th Edition of the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao 2006, Duisburger Filmwoche 2006, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm-und Videofest 2006, 11. Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin 2006, Doc en courts Lyon 2006, Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar de Plata 2006, 18th Trieste Film Festival 2007 , Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2007

Awards : GOLD MIKELDI FOR DOCUMENTARY, 48th Inter. Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, 2006, Doc en Courts Lyon: Prix special du Jury 2006.