WOMEN’S DAY – Uk, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, 2019, 85 min.,Documentary
Directed, written, produced: Dolya Gavanski
With: Dina Grigoreva, Svetlana Alexievich, Natalya Kaspersky, Elena Krygina, Natalya Malakhovskaya, Olga Uskova, Natalya Kalantarova, Maria Rokhlina, Irina Ostrovskya, Svetlana Angelina, Natalya Tomacheva, Maria Gribanova, Maria Tokhtakhodjaeva, Natalya Vasilyevna, Irina Yukina, Lidia Khoroshinina, Marina Kashina.
Drawing on extensive research, remarkable rare archival footage and access to fascinating individuals, Women’s Day focuses on women from very different backgrounds and achievements. In intimate conversations with the director Dolya Gavanski they express their inner thoughts, fears and feelings. Women’s Day explores, amongst other things: surviving the siege of Leningrad in subzero temperatures; the challenge of sex in communal flats; how to smuggle forbidden literature; how to fly into space, how to rename a husband and how to perform the perfect Soviet balletic pirouette. Not to mention the political and cultural complexity of the burning of veils…