Marianna Yarovskaya

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Marianna Yarovskaya
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Marianna Yarovskaya receiving 2001 Student Academy Award from Kathy Bates
Moscow, Russia
OccupationDocumentary filmmaker
Years active1991–present
Notable work
Women of the Gulag

Marianna Yarovskaya is an award-winning Russian-American documentary filmmaker who is the director and producer of the 2018 Academy Award short-listed documentary film Women of the Gulag[1][2][3][4] based on the book Women of the Gulag: Stories of Five Remarkable Lives by Paul Roderick Gregory(2013).[5][6][7] Best Documentary Short shortlist nominee, 2018 Academy Awards.[8] She also produced Greedy Lying Bastards (2012).

In 1998 Yarovskaya directed Undesirables[9] won a Student Academy Award,[10] and a College Television Awards. Her documentary film Holy Warriors,[11][12] a study of soldiers who found religion, has played in 35 countries worldwide. In 2006 she was a head of research on An Inconvenient Truth which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. She produced feature films Greedy Lying Bastards (2012)) and Pussy Riot: the Movement (2013). She was a head of research on the Academy Award-winning films An Inconvenient Truth (2007), and worked in the research department on Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2001), and also on award-winning feature documentaries Countdown to Zero (2010), Samsara (2012), Spirit of the Marathon II (2013), Last Days in Vietnam (2014), Vessel (2014), Merchants of Doubt (2014), Red Army (2014), Swift Current (2016), Betting on Zero (2016), Boston (2017). She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Bridging Cultures Through Film grant, among many others.

Yarovskaya produced and directed Women of the Gulag with historian Paul Roderick Gregory. Women of the Gulag was Short Listed for Academy Award Documentary Nomination in 2019.[8][13][14] Yarovskaya is the first female director from Russia short-listed for the Oscars.

Yarovskaya received an MFA degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and an MA degree from Moscow State University.


  1. ^ A Look in the Mirror: A Conversation with Marianna Yarovskaya About 'Women of the Gulag' // Los Angeles Review of Books
  2. ^ Russian-American film 'Women of the GULAG' hit the short list of Oscar nominations // Echo of Moscow
  3. ^ Interview: Marianna Yarovskaya’s Short Film ‘Women Of The Gulag’ Shines A Light On Russia’s Forgotten Horrors// Close up Culture
  4. ^ "'Women of the Gulag' tells five astonishing stories of survival | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice". KyivPost. January 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Women of the Gulag at the International Documentary Association
  6. ^ Haven, Cynthia (October 27, 2012). "Terror's human face: Women of the Gulag – the book and the movie". Stanford University News. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Gregory, Paul. "Filmmaker previews documentary Women of the Gulag at the Hoover Institution". Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Oscars: Film Academy Narrows the List of Contenders in Nine Categories //Variety
  9. ^ Bertrand, Merle. "Undesiralbes by Marianna Yarovskaya". Film Threat Magazine. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  10. ^ Jill Feiwell (June 11, 2001). "Acad toasts 12 with student Oscars, Winners also earn cash prizes". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  11. ^ Official site, Holy Warriors. "Holy Warriors official site". Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  12. ^ United Nations Association Festival. "Holy Warriors". United Nations Association. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  13. ^ 'Women of the Gulag' Shortlisted for Oscar Nomination // The Moscow Times
  14. ^ Kristopher Tapley. "Academy Awards: Final Oscar Predictions in All Categories". Variety.

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