Socialist Life in Moscow, Sochi, Tashkent and Irkutsk, 1961
Women and Children in the USSR, 1961
Harvey and Alice Richards made two Soviet Union videos in 1961 focusing on women and children in a socialist society: A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 1: Women of Russia (27 min.), and Part 2: Far From Moscow (20 min). The purpose of the films 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.
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 several visits to the San Francisco Bay Area by Soviet women 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.
Photo Image Galleries
While filming, Richards also shot many black and white and color photos of women and children and related subjects in the USSR. The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains four Soviet Union photo image galleries: Soviet Women and Children in Moscow, USSR, 1961, Women and Children in Irkutsk, Siberia, 1961, Women and Children in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1961, Sochi, Resort for the People, 1961.