„And so the years passed, and later I started to think about how it was possible to live a Hungarian life outside of Hungary.” (László Böjtös, Cleveland, Ohio)

Réka Pigniczky’s latest documentary addressing the issues of cultural identity, Heritage portrays the generation who fled Hungary after the Revolution of 1956 and who made their home in the United States. Only a small percentage of this group held onto their Hungarian identity, but for those that did it held a sense of mission. From Hungarian school and scouting to folk dance ensembles and church groups – even sports teams – the parents of this generation instilled Hungarian language, culture and identity into their children through a unique Hungarian “incubator.” Heritage is a collection of interviews with this group of Hungarian refugees and never before seen archive film footage of their first years in the U.S.

Cast: László Böjtös, Szabolcs Kálmán, Kálmán Magyar, Andrea Mészáros, dr. Károly Nagy, Ödön Szentkirályi, and Katalin Vörös.


Documentary Film

USA-Hungary, 2013


Réka Pigniczky


Barnabás Gerő

Assistant Director

Endre Szentkirályi


Gergő Kiss, Réka Pigniczky


László Hargittai, H.S.E.


Tamás Gulden


Kinga Kulcsár

With Support From

National Cutural Fund, Hungary, National Media and Infocommunications Authority, Hungary, Berkeley Hungarians