This clip is also from GULAG, a documentary by Angus Macqueen which tells the story of Soviet forced-labor camps, and their prisoners, during the Stalinist age. Using their own words, and expressing personal anguish, people who were there provide histories which are both utterly sad and totally shocking.
In this segment, GULAG survivors describe how they worked twelve hours a day and - if they made quota - were given a loaf of bread to eat. If they didn't achieve their required daily goals, they were given a half-loaf of bread.
In effect, the GULAG prisoners were slaves and the slave owner was the Soviet government.
Video clip, from GULAG, a documentary by Angus Macqueen. Copyright, Ronachan Films, all rights Reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the documentary.
Director: Angus Macqueen
Production Company: BBC
Grierson Award, Best British Documentary 1999
IDA Documentary Feature Award 2000, Los Angeles
British Academy and Royal Television Society Nominations
Video clip online, courtesy sobor.narod.ru