Matt Sarnecki is a journalist, producer and film director at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He has directed several documentaries broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. His documentary Killing Pavel, about the murder of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal in 2017 and the DIG Award (Italy) in 2018.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Matt grew up in Los Angeles, California. At 17, he moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, earning a BA in Political Science and History. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania before moving to Prague, Czech Republic, where he held a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2007 he returned to New York and spent several years working in television and documentary. In 2011 he moved to San Francisco and earned a Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2013 he lives in Bucharest, Romania.
The Killing of a Journalist is director Matt Sarnecki’s second documentary focusing on the murder of a journalist investigating corruption. It premiered in May 2022 at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival. The film probes the 2018 murder of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend, Martina Kušnírová. Their execution-style deaths sparked the biggest protests in Slovakia since the fall of communism.
A meeting with the director will take place after the screening of The Killing of a Journalist on 13th of October at 6 pm. For more information follow this description of the discussion.