I’m happy if I can make a few hundred children laugh during an open-air performance or from the stage of a community center, but I’m happier when I can make a child laugh at their sick bed.” (László Balogh, Clown Lala)
László Balogh aka Clown Lala is a clown doctor who made a hundred thousand of sick people smile in the past twelve years. He was known and loved by a nation thanks to the successful television series Cartwheel thirty years ago, that he left behind for the sake of the circus. Finally he restarted everything, and ended up as a clown doctor.
The entertaining and simultaneously touching creative documentary let us get to know Dr. Lala, the man of sarcastic humor, his fight for the maintenance of his foundation, and stories of numerous sick children, little everyday heroes through his vocation.
Director: Glória Halász
Her full-length documentary ‘Iron Curtain’ about the jail theatre of the Penitentary of Hungarian small town Vác was first shown in 2011, and has been, among others, in the programme of the Verzio International Documentary Festival and Mediawave Festival, as well as in the programme of the Hungarian National Television.
Director of Photography: Péter Várnai
He graduated as a cameraman at Budapest College of Communication. His works as a cinematographer are short films, dance films, concert shootings and video clips. He participated in international productions like ‘Die Hard 5’ and NBC series ‘Dracula’. Péter Várnai’s website
Hungarian Clowns for the Sick People Foundation
This public nonprofit organization was established in 2000 by László Balogh and Dr. Tamás Riesz. The foundation’s aim is to use laughter therapy to support hospital therapy of the chronically or seriously ill, be it bodily or mental illness. They work together with the Semmelweis University Behavioral Science Institute, and have 100-150 medical students attend their visits as a field practice. The foundation has won an award from the Hungarian Trade Unions’ National Association, for their ‘exceptional contribution for curing children’. They regularly participate in healthcare and charity programmes and camps.