Filmmaker: Harvey and Alice Richards • Publisher: Estuary Press
A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 2: Far From Moscow shows the conditions of women and children in Soviet cities of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Irkutsk, Siberia. The film focuses on work, housing, education, child care and medical facilities for women and children in a socialist society. Harvey and Alice Richards traveled with their camera equipment and assistant Paul Richards, to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to visit the capital of one of the USSR’s republics. During the Soviet period, the status of women in Uzbekistan improved greatly through open educational and vocational opportunities that made available to them. The next stop on the filming trip was Irkutsk, on the shores of Lake Baikal, Siberia, the deepest fresh water lake on earth. Women in Siberia were interviewed at schools, hospitals and work places. In all of these locations, Soviet Women's Committee representatives accompanied the film crew, helped make arrangements and provided translation services.