Réka Sárközy


Born on April 11, 1969 in Budapest.


1987–93: Loránd Eötvös University of Sciences, Budapest, Faculty of Arts, majoring in Hungarian and librarianship.

1995–97: College of Foreign Trade, Budapest, majoring in foreign economic relations.

Since 2003: University of Theatre and Cinema, production degree course.


English: advanced state proficiency certificate augmented by specialist foreign-trade terminology.

German: basic proficiency certificate.

Employment record

1990–94: Hungarian Television.

Since 1995: Documentation and Research Institute of the 1956 Revolution.

Fund-raising and producer’s work:

Fund-raising and production of four low-budget documentary films, which were bought by Duna Television and Hungarian Television: ‘Old Klári in the Sandpaper Factory’ (directed by Zsuzsa Méry), ‘I Died and I Live’ (directed by Judit M. Topits, ‘The Correspondent’ (directed by Zsuzsa Méry), and ‘How Far Away My Home Is’ (directed by Zsuzsa Méry). A fifth film, ‘The 1956 Revolution in World Politics’ was made for the National Security Archive (Washington DC) as documentation of an international scientific conference.

GIGADIA vetítéssorozat a Felvonulási téren (GIGADIA series of projections in Budapest's Felvonulási tér). Fortnightly slide shows of amateur photographs (selection, scanning, management), 2006

Documentary films, as producer:

Oly távol messze van hazám (My Native Land, so Far away...). 50 minutes. Director Zsuzsa Méry, 1998.

Kádár János nyugdíjba megy (J. K. retires). 45 minutes., 1999–2001.

Káprázatok káoszában –portré Kemény Katalin filozófusról (In a chaos of delusions. Portrait of the philosopher K. K.). 26 minutes. Director: Zsuzsa Méry, 2001–2.

Kiutazása közérdeket sért/Travel against the Public Interest. 55 minutes. Director: Éva Pataki Éva, 2002. Co-production with National Film Board of Canada.

Boszorkányper az Akadémián (Witch hunt at the Academy). 55 minutes. Director: Flórián Góczán Flórián, 2002.

HERZL. 55 minutes. Educational film. Director: Éva Pataki, 2003–4. Co-production with TTV of Israel.

Rózsa utca. 50 minutes. Documentary. Director: Éva Pataki Éva, 2003. Co-production with National Film Board of Canada.

Hóman Bálint, 50 minutes. Documentary. Director: Zsuzsa Méry, 2003.

Üzemi baleset. Történetek a Kádár-korszak tájékoztatáspolitikájáról (Industrial accident. Publicity stories in the Kádár period), 79 minutes. Documentary. Director: Judit M. Topits, 2003–4.

A NÉKOSZ-legenda [The NÉKOSZ Legend], documentary, Directed by Éva Pataki, Edited by Kata Juhász, Cameraman: Ferenc Pap, Gábor Halász, Produced by Réka Sárközy, Budapest, 1956-os Intézet, 2005, 68 min.

A jugoszláv kapcsolat [The Yugoslav Connection], documentary, Directed by Flórián Góczán,Edited by Zsuzsa Méry, Cameraman: Flórián Góczán, Produced by Réka Sárközy, Budapest, 1956-os Intézet, 2005, 45 min.

Naplófilm. 12 voltam 56-ban [Diary film. I Was Twelve in ’56] Hungarian and with English and German subtitle. An animated documentary film. Writer of the diary: Gyula Csics, directors: Boglárka Edvy and Sándor Silló, producer: Réka Sárközy, Budapest, 1956-os Intézet, 2006

Forró ősz a hidegháborúban – Magyarország 1956-ban [A Fiery Autumn in the Cold War—Hungary in 1956] Hungarian and with English, German, French, Italian, Roman, Slowak subtitles . A documentary film. Written by János M. Rainer, sound: Gábor Giret, editor: Péter Rostás, narrator: Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, directed by Judit Kóthy and Judit Topits, producer: Réka Sárközy, Budapest, 1956-os Intézet, 2006, 56 min.

CD–ROM editing and database compilation:

Selection of pictorial, sound and film materials for 1956—Encyclopaedia of the Hungarian Revolution and Independence Struggle, October 6–December 12, 1956 (in Hungarian, multimedia CD–ROM, edited with András B. Hegedüs and Zoltán Lux). Budapest: 1956 Institute, 1999.

Selection of illustrations and archive film insertions for History of Hungary, 1944–1956. Multimedia CD–ROM. Edited by János M. Rainer and Zoltán Lux.

Building of a database of photographic documents (selection of pictures, scanning, cataloguing, copyright administration of photographs of events and portraits concerning Hungarian history after 1945).

Assembly of transparency series on the history of the 1956 Revolution, for educational purposes.

Magántörténelem – 1956 és a Kádár korszak (Private history—1956 and the Kádár period). Photograph selection and Internet content.

A hónap képei–amatőrfotósok a forradalomban" (Pictures of the month-amateur photographers in the revolution). Monthly website feature of work by a particular photographer, 2006.
  Exhibition organization:

1997. Berlin, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie Museum: Selection of Hungarian material about 1956.

1998. Eszék (Osijek): Organizing a photographic exhibition about 1956 for the Mayor’s Office.

1999. Budapest: Compiling an exhibition on the situation with research into the present period in Hungary at the Galéria Centralis, for the Open Society Archive.

2001. Birmingham, Alabama: Photographic exhibition on the 1956 Revolution.

2003. Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini’s photographs, Soviet Union–Budapest 1956. Exhibition organized at the Hungarian National Museum.

2006. Magyarország 1956-ban Erich Lessing képein (Hungary in 1956 in the pictures of Erich Lessing). Exhibition at the Budapest Historical Museum.



Budapesti felkelő csoportok [Budapest insurgent groups] In Hungarian.
The first content in our Jubilee Internet Series,
Edited by László Eörsi and Judit Topits, Budapest, 1956-os Institute, 2006 (photo selection)

With István Molnár Iscsu and János M. Rainer: A hatvanas évek világa (World of the Sixties). In: János M. Rainer, ed., ‘Hatvanas évek’ Magyarországon. Tanulmányok (The Sixties in Hungary. Studies). Budapest: 1956 Institute.


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