Filmmaker: Harvey and Alice Richards • Publisher: Estuary Press
A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 1: Women of Russia resulted from a 1961 photographic tour of the Soviet Union which focused upon the work, housing, education, child care and medical facilities available to women in a socialist society. This film, part one of two, covers Moscow and Sochi. Alice Richards co-wrote the script. The second part, Far From Moscow, covers other areas of the Soviet Union. Harvey and Alice Richards wrote, filmed and produced this documentary at the height of the cold war when visiting the Soviet Union was rare for Americans. The purpose of the film was to offer positive images and information about the USSR by documenting the remarkable advances achieved in the conditions of women and children in a socialist society. Cold war propaganda and hostility created an atmosphere that made it difficult to present pro socialist ideas. The film production was arranged by the Soviet Women’s Committee as part of ongoing relationships that Harvey and Alice Richards had created by hosting Soviet Women in several visits to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. The Soviet Women's Committee provided interpreters, transportation and arrangements to create the itinerary of visits to hospitals, work places, homes, schools, and day care centers that are featured in the film.