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Dec 4 2019

Women of the Gulag: Screening and Conversation with the Film’s Director, Marianna Yarovskaya

SEE NEXT Working Group

December 4, 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Burnham Hall, Room B6


828 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

A UIC Institute for the Humanities Working Group

Women of the Gulag, directed by Marianna Yarovskaya and based on a book by historian Paul Gregory, was short-listed in the best documentary category in the 2018 Academy Awards competition and has screened across American university campuses to wide acclaim.

The film follows the life stories of several women, now in their late 80s and early 90s, who survived the Gulag and features interviews with these women, whose voices and stories are interwoven with family photographs, documentary sequences from the 1930s, and shots of contemporary scenes. The stories are arranged to tell about two generations, the women and their parents, and to follow the path from arrest to prison, interrogations, transport, and life in camps and special settlements.

Marianna Yarovskaya is an award-winning Russian-American documentary filmmaker. In 1998 Marianna directed and produced Undesirables, which won a Student Academy Award (Student Oscar) and screened at Cannes. Since 2000 she has worked for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History Channel, and Greenpeace as Producer and Senior Editor. In 2006 she was Head of Research on An Inconvenient Truth, which won an Academy Award. Her last project, Holy Warriors, a study of soldiers who found religion, has played in 35 countries worldwide and won numerous awards. Marianna is also a finalist for a 2010 China-U.S. Fulbright fellowship to do research for her latest project.

Organized by the SEE NEXT Working Group and co-sponsored by the UIC Gender and Women’s Studies Program


Linda Vavra

Date posted

Nov 7, 2019

Date updated

Nov 7, 2019