RUSSIA’S OPEN BOOK co-director Sarah Wallis is a Russian speaker and a published author with over 20 years of documentary film experience, including eight years with the BBC. Credits include Letters from St Petersburg, The People’s Century (which won both the DuPont Peabody and Emmy awards for her episode, “Master Race”); and Homecoming, about Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Royal Television Society Award). Wallis’s books (with Svetlana Palmer) include A War in Words (Simon & Schuster) and We Were Young and at War (Harper Collins).
About the Producers
RUSSIA’S OPEN BOOK is co-directed by Paul Mitchell, who won a 2012 Peabody Award for the BBC/NatGeo television series, Putin, Russia and the West. Since 1990 Mitchell has lived in the UK, producing award-winning films for the BBC, Channel 4, France Télévision, and PBS, among others. His films have covered subjects as diverse as the history of perestroika and rock and roll in the USSR to the fate of the orphans of Argentina’s dirty war. His multipart series The Death of Yugoslavia (1995) is ranked no. 87 on the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest British television programs ever to have been screened. Mitchell’s films also have won the du Pont-Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, and the Emmy, BAFTA, Royal Television Society, New York Festival, and the Greirson awards.
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