Réka Pigniczky is a documentary filmmaker 
and visual journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Portfolio

Documentary

Cold Warriors

In Rummerfield, Pennsylvania at the height of the Cold War, a handful of young American-Hungarians were ready to fight for freedom in a homeland they barely knew. Nearly half a century later, in 2016, they return to the remote, run-down farm along the Susquehanna River, to the revolution of their past - and the dreams of their youth. This is an unusual class reunion that speaks about the Iron Curtain, the Cold War and being a hyphenated American. About having two homelands - and one sense of justice.

“We were training to eventually help liberate Hungary, that we would eventually become either paratrooper or in some way cross the border and go back to Hungary as part of a liberation organization.”
-András Ludányi, (political scientist, member of the Hungarian-American Rifle Association)


Visual History

The Memory Project

The Memory Project is a visual history archive of 125 immigrants who came to the U.S. after World War II and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The project is ongoing.
Andrea Lauer Rice and Réka Pigniczky co-founded Memory Project, a community-wide initiative, in 2015. Both daughters of 1956-ers, Andrea and Réka have known each other for the past 20 years. Memory Project is their joint project to help document and record the personal stories of Hungarians who emigrated to the United States after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and as displaced persons after World War II.