Hoover fellow Paul Gregory and Russian American filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya have been awarded a challenge grant of $75,000 for their documentary film Women of the Gulag (see NEH Bridging Cultures press release). This documentary film is based on Gregory’s Hoover Press book of the same title, based on his research in the Hoover archives. The grant is for the development of a ninety-minute documentary presenting the life experiences of women caught up in the repressive gulag system of Stalin's Soviet regime. Gregory presented his book (full title, Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives) in Stauffer Auditorium for C-SPAN Booknotes.
"All indications are that the film's important first-person accounts will be an excellent addition to the scholarship on forced labor that is inevitable in totalitarian systems," said Eric Wakin, Robert H. Malott Director of Library & Archives.
Gregory and Yarovskaya have accumulated more than forty hours of footage shot in Russia and interviews filmed at the Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes, featuring experts such as Anne Applebaum and Robert Service. They are currently preparing a script for the ninety-minute feature to be submitted to Bridging Cultures for a full production grant. For a description of the project and a trailer, see www.Mayfilms.com.