Two years ago in its issue #7203, JRL included my story on a beauty contest in a women's prison labour camp in Novosibirsk originally published by the London Mirror magazine. I was surprised at how many JRL readers reacted to this article and sent me friendly notes. It seems that the old project will have its continuation: a team of American, Polish and Russian filmmakers and journalists is at the final stage of preparations for their trip to Novosibirsk, this spring 2005, to shoot a 52 minute documentary film. The film will show the contest and tell about the lives of female juvenile criminals in the middle of Siberia. The film codirectors are Zygmunt Dzieciolowski and Maria Yatskova, its producers are Irina Vodar and Raphaela Neihausen, and its Russian coproducer is Radio Liberty journalist Mumin Schakirov.
The producers are planning a fund raising event in New York City, on March 31st at 7:30pm at the Black Door (127 W. 26th St. b/w 6th & 7th). They will show the documentary that I shot in 2003 (when I wrote the original article) followed by a Q&A session with the creative team, and there will also be an exhibition and auction of the fantastic camp photos shot by the renowned Polish photographer Witold Krassowski. If you would like more information about the film and the fundraising event, please check out the website: http://www.missgulag.com.
Zygmunt Dzieciolowski (1949, Polish journalist, writer and filmmaker specialising in Russian affairs), firstname.lastname@example.org