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Hungarian film to confront anti-migrant attitude

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>> A rallying cry to reject migrants. Hungary's leader, Viktor Orban, is pushing ahead with amending the constitution so the EU can't settle migrants in the country. Despite turnout being too low to make Hungary's migrant referendum valid, nearly all the 40% that did said no. The vote triggering a domino effect across Eastern Europe.
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With the leaders of Serbia and the Czech Republic joining in with their own calls to reject migrants. While most of the refugees are now gone in Hungary. In Budapest, one film maker is trying to confront the refugee crisis. Casting refugees as actors to tell their own story. I'm Reuters' Emily Wither at Budapest central rail station.
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It's hard to believe that this is once the epicenter of Europe's migrant crisis. When I was here just over a year ago, there were thousands of migrants and refugees camped out all hoping to board trains to Western Europe. It's quite surreal to now see it as one giant film set.
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And what has changed since then is the attitudes towards migrants. Not just here but across Europe. The Hungarian director is hoping to confront that.>> Our film is about the ideologically disintegrating Europe and the ultimate challenge facing it.>> The Zaheer family appearing as extras in the film, this is more than just a story for the big screen.
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Originally from Iraq, they're living in the country's only family shelter for refugees. They say while they understand a country has a right to refuse people, Europe must find space for people fleeing war.>>
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> The best way to help Europe and the refugees is to choose between those who deserve to come, and those who don't.
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>> The EU Commission says it's taken note of the referendum, but that it's up to Hungary to deal with the outcome. What Brussels can't ignore is that the result reflects a rise in anti-migrant sentiment across the continent, at a time when boatloads are still arriving and thousands are stranded in places like Calais and the Serbian border.