Marianna Yarovskaya is the director of the film Women of the Gulag, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Through Film program. Yarovskaya was a researcher on Kindertransport (1999 Academy Award) and Rory Kennedy's The Last Days in Vietnam (2015 Academy Award nomination), as well as a field producer on Participant Media's Countdown to Zero, which was selected at Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. She was also the head of research for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, which won an Academy Award. Yarovskaya directed and produced Undesirables, which won a Student Academy Award (Student Oscar), a College Emmy Award, and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Her film Holy Warriors, about a sniper turned priest, played in 35 countries and won numerous awards. She has worked as a producer and senior editor for Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV, History Channel, NASA, Netflix, and Greenpeace USA. The daughter of a theater director/playwright and a rocket scientist, Yarovskaya grew up in Moscow, Russia and holds a MFA in Film/TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and an MA from Moscow State University.