Jan graduated in History and Latin American studies at Charles University in Prague. He also studied in Spain, USA and Mexico. He worked as a journalist and film-maker. His film debut Stone Games (2012) premiered at the Jihlava IDFF and received the Special Jury Prize. His first feature film When the War Comes was premiered at Berlinale 2018 as the opening film of the section Panorama Dokumente and won major awards at many international festivals, also winning the Czech Film-Critics Award for the best Czech documentary 2018.

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