Women’s Day

2020 / Subtitles available

Directed by: Dolya Gavanski

Astounding stories by women born in the USSR – pioneers and survivors – whose testimony reveals their experience from the 1917 Revolution to the present day. Intimate, surprising, funny, painful and contradictory – Women’s Day explores the lives of women living through a convulsive era of historical and social change – the unknown history of women in Russia.

What we love about this film

Gavanksi provides an expansive yet detailed, personal yet universal, documentary account of the lives of the (spiritual) daughters of the Russian Revolution. Not only does it give a rare insight into how feminism expressed itself in the Soviet Union, but also lets us know how women paved the way to freedoms while within the constructs of their society.

Awards and festivals

In the press

"The director’s ‘outside eye’ revels Russia more powerfully than we do ourselves… No script writer could ever invent these stories"


"A truthful and vibrant take on the past - and the future."

Time Out

"An important documentary, impeccably researched."

Hello Magazine