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New East Cinema: Women of the Gulag (15*) + recorded ScreenTalk with director Marianna Yarovskaya

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one of the women in the documentary walk through a park

A collection of unique and candid interviews with women who survived Stalin's campaign of political repression in the 1930s.

Marianna Yarovskaya’s Oscar-shortlisted documentary tells the compelling and tragic stories of six female survivors of the Gulag.

While Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin’s camps and settlements for 'crimes against the state', this acclaimed film features six women, all in their eighties and nineties. They tell their stories while going about their daily lives in the remote villages of the Urals, suburbs of Moscow and in the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia.

“The stories of the victims of the Gulag, told by people who had little or no understanding of why this was happening to them, make an excellent antidote to creeping historical amnesia.” - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

Followed by a discussion with director Marianna Yarovskaya.

Russia/US 2018 Dir Marianna Yarovskaya 53 min

New East Cinema is presented in collaboration with the Barbican.

* = locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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