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World; Yulya's Diary


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Yulya's Diary
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

Program Description

Yulya's diary is a unique record of the life of a dissident poet in Russia. In this documentary, actors and actresses play the parts of Yulya and her friends, because otherwise their story would remain untold. Everything said and done in the film comes straight from the page's of Yulya's diary, telling of her arrest and trial by the KGB and and police attempts to stifle dissidents.

Yulya played by actress Victoria Fyodorova.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Yulya's Diary,” 01/11/1981, GBH Archives, accessed September 22, 2023,
MLA: “World; Yulya's Diary.” 01/11/1981. GBH Archives. Web. September 22, 2023. <>.
APA: World; Yulya's Diary. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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