‘Women of the Gulag’ wins film award

Women of the Gulag, a documentary film based on Hoover Fellow PAUL GREGORY‘s Hoover Institution Press book of the same title, has been named the Best Non-European Independent Documentary in the 2019 European Independent Documentary Film Festival, held in Paris.

Women of the Gulag
Image courtesy of the Hoover Institution.

The film, directed by Marianna Yarovskaya of MayFilms and co-produced by Gregory, was also shortlisted in the best documentary category in the 2019 Academy Awards competition.

Drawing upon Gregory’s 2013 book, Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives, the film tells the compelling and tragic stories of women who survived the Gulag, the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population, particularly during the Stalin dictatorship.

Women of the Gulag was first screened on Sept. 21 in Santa Monica and in New York shortly thereafter. The John Batchelor radio show earlier this year featured an interview with Gregory on the subject and in 2013 Gregory talked about his research for the book on CSPAN’s BookTV.

Both the film and book draw from Gregory’s research on the oft-forgotten female victims of the Gulag. The works document Stalin’s rise to power, the history of the Gulag and the context behind one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the 20th century.

Gregory urges more coverage of the Stalinist period by the arts community. “Hollywood has been remarkably absent in the coverage of Stalinist crimes against humanity. Perhaps Women of the Gulag will be a turning point,” he said.

Read the full article on the Hoover Institution website