Interview: Marianna Yarovskaya’s Short Film ‘Women Of The Gulag’ Shines A Light On Russia’s Forgotten Horrors

Close-Up Culture

Marianna Yarovskaya’s Oscar-shortlisted short film Women Of The Gulag is a deeply moving piece of filmmaking that shares the accounts of female survivors of the Gulag – a brutal instrument of political repression enforced in the Soviet Union.

Close-up Culture’s James Prestridge caught up with Marianna for an in-depth talk about the film, why many people have no knowledge of the Gulag, how education about the past can inform the future, and much more.

Q: Women of the Gulag’ is a vital piece of filmmaking. What led you to make a celluloid companion to Paul R. Gregory’s book?

I’ve been wanting to make a film on the subject for the past ten years, since the time when I made 20 videos for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance center in Moscow (the largest Holocaust museum in the world). In the process of filming that, I realised there was still no big…

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