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Running Time: 87 minutes
"First-rate film journalism of historical importance....Solovky
Power is so good that it leaves the audience
wanting to know more...."
- Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Haunting....Goldovskaya brings to life what it must have been like to be a prisoner in Solovky."
- Hollywood Reporter
An astonishing documentary...chilling."
- San Francisco Chronicle
Solovky Power is a harrowing documentary about the first
Soviet prison camp, established in a 15th Century monastery on a remote White Sea island in 1923.
The camp became the model for the dreaded gulags that followed. Solovky operated under the Leninist motto,
"With an iron hand, mankind will be driven to happiness."
In the film, aging survivors of the prison
camp offer a devastating account of the brutality and injustice
prisoners endured. One survivor recalls how 300 inmates were
shot and thrown into a pit one day, simply as a warning to
the other prisoners. Old newsreels and recently discovered
letters from prisoners further illustrate the bleak conditions.
When Goldovskaya began this groundbreaking
documentary in the mid-1980's, her mother warned her she was "committing suicide."
But her son told her, "If you don't make the film, I will despise you for the rest of your life."