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Miss Gulag (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 June 2007 (USA)
Through the prism of a beauty pageant staged by female inmates of a Siberian prison camp emerges a complex narrative of the lives of the first generation of women to come of age in ... See full summary »

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Through the prism of a beauty pageant staged by female inmates of a Siberian prison camp emerges a complex narrative of the lives of the first generation of women to come of age in Post-Soviet Russia. Miss GULAG explores the individual destinies of three women: Yulia, Tatiana, and Natasha, all bound together by long prison sentences and circumstances that have made them the vigilantes of their own destinies. For these women, undoubtedly, life is harsh under the constant surveillance of UF-91/9, but it is no less so on the outside. Today they, their families, and loved ones are sustained by hope for a better life upon release. This is a story of survival told from both sides of the fence. Written by Anonymous

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A moving portrayal of a complex subject matter
18 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Miss Gulag provides a sensitive and captivating look at the new generation of women to grow up free in post-Soviet Russia. The film is beautifully shot and the women's stories are genuinely moving. Also provides amazing access into an often overlooked part of Russia - the rural lands of Siberia and prison.

I was very impressed to learn that this was the effort of a first-time director, Maria Yatskova. Her ability to capture and translate this subject matter in a moving and subtle style had the feeling of a far more experienced professional film-maker.

I look forward to more films by this group of talented individuals. They succeed in taking the documentary format to the next level.


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