Matej Mináč (b. 1961, Bratislava) studied directing at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts (1987). He has worked primarily on documentary films: for the GEN and GENUS television series, he filmed portraits of Tomáš Baťa, Emil Zátopek and Břetislav Pojar, but he has had a long-standing interest in the Holocaust, which also affected his own family. Examples include the documentary films I Was Born Jewish in Prague (Narodila jsem se v Praze jako Židovka, 1995), Hebrew Meditation (Hebrejské meditace, 1995), and Reconstructing a Family Album (Rekonstrukce rodinného alba, 1996). He achieved widespread acclaim with his trilogy of films about Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved nearly 700 children from certain death at the hands of the Nazis: All My Loved Ones (1999), The Power of Good – Nicholas Winton (2001) and Nicky’s Family (2011). His films have won more than 70 awards, including an Emmy and KVIFF’s Audience Award. He has had his own production company, W.I.P., since 1997.
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