Women of the Gulag

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Women of Gulag

CGIS South, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Eighty years ago (November 17, 1938) Stalin ended the Great Terror, citing “local excesses” that had come to his attention. It wasn’t until two decades later that the KGB tallied the victims of the sixteen-month reign of terror at 1,334,360 people. Half were shot, and the rest sentenced to the Gulag. The Gulag itself continued to grow during and after the Second World War. It reached its peak of 2.5 million prisoners shortly before Stalin’s death. Of these, one out of five were women.

The documentary film Women of the Gulag tells the compelling and tragic stories of six women as last survivors of the Gulag. Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin’s camps and special settlements for “crimes against the state.” Women of the Gulag features six women in their eighties and nineties as they tell their stories while going about their daily lives in remote villages in the Ural mountains, in break-away Sukhumi, and in the Moscow suburbs. 

Short listed for the Academy Award Documentary Short Subject nomination, 2019. Following the film, Professor Terry Martin will moderate a conversation with Marianna Yoravskaya, the film's director.


Marianna Yoravskaya, Producer/Director

Moderator: Terry Martin, George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies, Harvard University

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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