Hungarian camerawoman who kicked refugees receives award

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Petra László, a former camerawoman who gained international notoriety for a video showing her kicking refugees in Hungary in September 2015, received an award at the 16th Lakitelek Film Festival for a 1956-related documentary on which she participated as editor, according to a report on Hungarian news portal 444.hu.

According to the Hungarian portal, the former camerawomanʼs name appears as editor on the poster for the documentary movie, entitled “Nemzetidegenek” (Aliens to the Nation). She is named receiving the award in local print daily Petőfi Népe, while other sources cite her husband Gábor László as director, cameraman and screenwriter of the film. 

The 32-minute documentary tells the story of György Herhoff, who conspired against the system, was betrayed and died during the 1956 Uprising, the online portal says.

László was formerly employed as a camerawoman for right-wing online TV station N1TV. After she was caught on video being physically aggressive with refugees last September, in one instance tripping a running man carrying a child and in another kicking a young girl as she broke through a police barricade, she lost her job and has disappeared from public view, according to 444.hu.

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