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With full original score by PNWFS (2013)

After losing her daughter to a rare neurodegenerative disease, Zuzana traveled to Kyoto, visited shrines and temples, managed to elbow her way through a line of little kids toward Buddha's nostril in Nara, and squeezed through it. According to local belief that means she will be enlightened.
Shortly after that she enrolled into film school at Montana State University, and created Beating Batten as a thank you to BDSRA foundation for the support during Sara's illness.
Ultimately she finished her MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking program. That effectively enlightened at least her wallet.


film director

created during MFA program at MSU

Batten disease awareness day


BDSRA annual conference in Nashville in 2013
Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival in 2014
JHWFF Science media awards 2014
Indie short film festival, Charlottesville 2024

Zuzana managed to navigate her career as a software developer and mother, and understands the challenges of trying to keep all the ducks in a row. Ultimately, she learned how to find love and positivity in almost any situation, and brings that quality to all her stories.
Maybe it was Sara who opened the door, and introduced Zuzana to her directing future. The original idea of creating a film about Sara’s disease, in order to help others understand and cope, eventually morphed into the drive to tell fictional stories.

2014 Science media awards listing