“After the Gentle revolution, slovak film almost disappeared.”
Jozef Banyák was born in Bratislava. He grew up in Podunajské Biskupice, where there were inhabitants of german, hungarian and slovak nationality. He came from a wide-ranging roma family of blacksmiths. They confiscated his father’s blacksmith company, which employed ninety employees. During the socialist period, Jozef ministered in the church. The family from Vienna brought them scarce goods and influenced his worldview. He listened to austrian radio, and watched hungarian and austrian television. He graduated from high school on Tomašíkova street. He studied directing at the Academy of Performing Arts. He worked as an assistant director at Slovak television. In 1978, they wanted him to join the Communist Party, but he refused. Although he supported the VPN, he did not want the disintegration of the Czechoslovak republic. The slovak film almost disappeared during the period of governance of Mečiar, when they privatized Koliba. Jozef worked on Hollywood productions in Slovakia. He has never encountered discrimination openly. Later, he focused on the documentary and tried to break the stereotypical view on Roma. He has directed the youth magazine Zone D and since 2010 he has been directing the magazine about the film Kinorama at RTVS.