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Making the Women of the Gulag - a Filmmaker speaks: Marianna Yarovskaya in conversation with Konstantin Borovoi


Join us for an evening with filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya director of ground breaking documentary film  Women of the Gulag, that tells the compelling and tragic stories of the female last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population under Stalin.

 This is the first documentary film to have been made about these women and their experience of the camps. Filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya has filmed the  women who survived Stalin's repressions of the 1930s and imprisonment in the camps.

Yarovskaya will talk about the making of the film,  how she found the women and interacted with them. She will also show outtakes of the film, and go into some of the stories that didn't make it into the film.  The legacy of the Gulag remains in dispute in Russia - Yarovskaya makes a valuable and objective contribution to this discussion by going back to primary sources in her film. Yarovskaya will be in conversation with liberal politician Konstantin Borovoi.

About the Director:

 Marianna Yarovskaya’s Undesirables won a Student Academy Award in 2001. Since then, she has worked for dozens of programs for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History Channel, Greenpeace, Animal Planet as producer and senior editor. She also worked on two Academy Award-winning features and one Academy nominated film as a researcher, and directed an award winning film, Holy Warriors. Producers Guild of America (PGA) member. Yarovskaya is the second Russian female director to be shortlisted for an Academy Award in any category in 91 years. If the film wins, it will be the second Russian-directed documentary in the history of Oscars: one other Russian documentary film actually won an Academy Award – in 1943, a film about WWII.

Women of the Gulag, first female director from Russian Federation shortlisted for the Oscars.

The entire film will be shown the previous evening at the Barbican - follow this link.


Konstantin Borovoi was born in 1948 in Moscow and is the son of a math professor. He is a graduate of Moscow State University Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics (1974). In 1990, he founded the first Russian commodities market, and was its president from 1990 to 1992. He also opened the first clearing bank, an investment company and the first business-news wire. He was a financial director of Russia's Open Film Festival.

In 1992 he created an Economic Freedom Party (Russian: Партия экономической свободы (ПЭС), Partiya Ekonomicheskoi svobody). The party ran in the 1995 parliamentary elections, but received 0.13% of the proportional representation vote, failing to cross the electoral threshold. However, it did win a constituency seat in the State Duma, taken by Borovoi. The party was deregistered in 2003.

Up until December 1999, Konstantin Borovoi was a deputy of the Russian Parliament (Duma).

In the spring of 2010 together with Valeriya Novodvorskaya he created a liberal political party, Western Choice. On 17 March he was elected its president.