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A documentary on the women-last survivors of the Gulag - Фильм о женщинах - последних оставшихся в живых бывших заключенных Гулага.
A documentary on the women-last survivors of the Gulag - Фильм о женщинах - последних оставшихся в живых бывших заключенных Гулага.
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СПАСИБО ЗА ПОДДЕРЖКУ ДОКУМЕНТАЛЬНОГО ФИЛЬМА "ЖЕНЩИНЫ ГУЛАГa". За оставшиеся несколько часов мы надеемся продолжить кампанию и увеличить нашу аудиторию и количество участников в фильме! Любые дополнительные средства пойдут на съемки и бОльшее количество интервью с уникальными свидетельницами тех событий.

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ABOUT. Our subject is Women of the Gulag. The term Gulag, which in Russian is the abbreviation for "Main Camp Administration," has come to mean something much larger than the corrective labor camps under the Gulag administration. Rather it signifies the system of repression of the Soviet period, which peaked under Stalin. We use "gulag" broadly to mean the whole mentality of the Soviet repression system, the end point of which was execution or the camps, special settlements, remote places of exile where the victims of repression "sat". Our gulag documentary tells the human stories of the last women survivors of this system.

This August, we are planning to interview two women-survivors of the Gulag, who are in their late 90s. Clearly the timing is urgent since the survivors and the heroines of the original Stalin gulag are getting very old. This is “the last chance.” Their children are alive, and their testimonies are also very important. They are also disappearing from the scene.These funds will go towards recording the testimonies on HD video ASAP, this summer. We will include these interviews in the larger film.

A Pulitzer-winning journalist Anne Applebaum expressed in her on-camera interview, "What had happened since the year 2000 is that history has been gradually re-politicized. And the Russians started treating history that way. And that means that they've become more sensitive again about discussing this sort of crimes of their past. For the Russians, understanding the history of the gulag is absolutely crucial." It is also crucial for the West: "The failure in the West to understand the magnitude of what happened in the Soviet Union and central Europe may not seem to have a profound and immediate implications for the Western way of life, however, in the modern global society, it is important to raise awareness of the global history and politics."

Anne Applebaum, in her on-camera statement tells us that Russia "still lacks "that defining moment, that big monument" that will help the Russian people come to terms with their past.

Для нашего полнометражного фильма, мы планируем провести интервью с еще двумя женщинами - оставшимися в живых заключенными Гулага. В отличие от большинства мужчин-заключенных, женщины-заключенные, пережившие ГУЛАГ, еще живы. Их осталось мало, некоторым из них глубоко за 90. И так же мало осталось времени у нас, чтобы рассказать их удивительные истории. Двух из наших героинь мы планируем снимать этим летом.

Как говорит одна из героинь нашего фильма, "Для россиян понимание истории ГУЛАГА как неотъемлимой части всего советского периода истории абсолютно необходимо, если они хотят понять, почему их общество сегодня такое, какое оно есть. Полупризнаниями и полуизвинениями перед жертвами репрессий, которых за прошедшие годы было немало, тут не обойтись. В России до сих пор нет большого памятника жертвам, большого музея, а главное - большого понимания кровавой истории ГУЛАГА."

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