Jana Boková is a Czech film director.
Boková was born in Prague, but left Czechoslovakia in August 1968 to attend a conference of art students in Austria, then emigrated to Paris, France to study at the Sorbonne. She then lived in the United States where she worked as a photographer for Rolling Stone and other magazines. She then lived in the United Kingdom for many years, studying at the National Film and Television School, and producing documentary films for British television.
In 2001, Boková was approached by musician Eric Clapton to direct a music video, but ended up filming a feature-length documentary film called Eric Clapton and Friends which covered Clapton's band's rehearsals and preparations for a world tour.
In January and February 2020, the Czech Centre in London screened two of Boková's films - Havana (1990) and La Confiteria Ideal: The Tango Salon (2004), followed by a Q&A session with Boková, led respectively by Alan Yentob and Leslie Megahey. They formed part of what was to have been a three-part season of her films at the centre, with Bye Bye Shanghai set to be the final one shown on 26 March along with a Q&A session with Boková, led by TV director and writer Henrietta Foster. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed indefinitely.
- Jana Boková / Czech Republic Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, Doc Alliance Films.
- Rencontre avec la réalisatrice Jana Bokova, Cinéma Le Clef, 11 October 2000. (in French)
- HOTEL DU PARADIS, Festival de Cannes, 1987.
- Nesselson, Lisa: Eric Clapton and Friends, Variety, 7 November 2002.
- "In Focus: Jana Bokova". Czech Centre. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
- "*** POSTPONED *** Bye Bye Shanghai + Q&A with Jana Boková and Henrietta Foster". Czech Centre. Retrieved 21 March 2020.