Women of the Gulag wins documentary 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 Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Reykjavík Film Festival.

Cover of the book and poster for the movie.
Women of the Gulag shines light on the often-overlooked female victims of the Gulag.

Directed by Marianna Yarovskaya of MayFilms and produced by Yarovskaya and Gregory, the film was also short-listed in the best documentary category in the 2019 Academy Awards competition.

The film, which draws on Gregory’s 2013 book, Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives, 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. Gregory’s book was based on his research at the Hoover Library & Archives.

Women of the Gulag was first screened on September 21, 2018, in Santa Monica and in New York shortly thereafter. Both the film and book highlight 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. Read more about the film.