Inheritance: A Fisherman’s Story

In the year 2000, the Hungarian river Tisza was flooded with tons of cyanide from an Australian-Romanian gold mine. The poisonous chemical causes an environmental disaster, killing over 1200 tons of fish and devastating the river’s eco-system. Fishermen along the river like Balazs Meszaros, struggle to survive. The Fishing Co-op is losing profit and is on the verge of bankruptcy.

In a turn of events Balazs is elected the President of the Fishing Co-op and has the difficult task of leading the organization through the hardest times it has ever faced. In this hopelessness, Balazs travels to Australia to meet with the mining company responsible, to discuss compensation and present them with the human tragedy at hand. He must save his people and preserve a way of life.


Country of Production
Australia / Belgium

Year of Production

35 mm, Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

52 / 75 min

Peter Hegedus

Soul Vision Films Production in co-production with Lichtpunt and RTBF in association with SBS

Original Language
English, Hungarian


Festivals / Awards

International Scientific FF in Hungary 2003 (Special Jury Award)
Global Peace FF 2003 (1st prize)
Hungarian Film Critics Award for Best Documentary 2003
Shortlisted for Academy Awards 2004
REAL: life on film Festival Melbourne 2004 (Award for Best Feature Documentary)
Portland International Nature & Environmental FF 2004 (Best Environmental Film)
Margaret Mead Festival 2003
Global Peace Festival 2003