A Journey to the Gulag

Mosquitos, freezing cold, mysterious taiga. Inhospitable places where thousands of prisoners have suffered. To document abandoned Gulags in Siberia, you have to walk miles in their shoes. This film follows the Gulag.cz team and their third expedition to the remains of an abandoned railway and Gulags in Northern Siberia, where data for virtual museum were gathered.

As a part of an event after the movie screening could be presented a virtual reality tour of the Gulag camp. People could virtually enter places which were documented in the film. The VR experience is one of the results of the expedition.

  • Tomas Polensky
  • Stepan Cernousek, Tomas Polensky
  • Gulag CZ
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cesta do Gulagu
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  • Genres:
    History, Outdoor, Adventure, Gulag, Human rights
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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Director Biography - Tomas Polensky

Born in 1987, studied film direction at the Film School in Zlin and then took his MA at FAMU, having specialised in editing. As an editor he worked on the winning spot Nomis in the Best Videospot Contest held by Man in Need in 2012. Despite short filmography he has received numerous awards for his work – his graduation film Alzheimer’s Labyrinth was awarded at the Philophical Film Festival in Krakow 2009 and at Brněnská šestnátka in 2009; a first-year FAMU film Wipe the Rolls was awarded at FAMUfest 2010 and Young Camera in Uničov 2011, his graduate work at FAMU, the film The Subterranean River of Didactics, was awarded at FAMUfest in 2012. Besides directing his own films, he edits films by his colleagues and acts as DOP of feature films, documentaries, music and commercial spots. He is currently doing his PhD at Tomas Bata University of Zlin.

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