Réka Pigniczky
Documentary filmmaker, producer, visual journalist and storyteller

Réka started out working for the Associated Press Television News both in the U.S. (NYC and Washington, D.C.) and Eastern Europe (based in Budapest, Hungary).  She completed her first feature-length documentary, Journey Home, at the end of 2006. It won awards in Hungary and was invited to screen at a number of international film festivals. She completed her second feature-length documentary, Inkubátor, in 2010, which saw a wide audience in Hungary through a national theatrical release as well as television broadcast, and it enjoyed wide critical acclaim after the Hungarian Film Festival. The film was also voted one of the 25 best films released in Hungary in 2010. Since then, she has completed a number of other award-winning films and co-founded the Memory Project, a visual history archive dealing with immigration to the U.S. Besides her current film projects, she also teaches journalism to elementary school students (producing a weekly newscast with 10 year-olds) and is a contributing reporter to Duna World Television.  She shoots, edits and above all, directs.

Réka has an MA in journalism and international relations from Columbia University in New York, and she also has an MA in political science from the Central European University in Budapest. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Réka was born and raised in the U.S. by Hungarian refugee parents and lived and worked in Hungary for 14 years after 1990. She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spent most of her childhood.