Marianna Yarovskya will be screening her new documentary Holy Warriors.
Holy Warriors is a documentary chronicling the lives of Chechen and Afghanistan war veterans in Russia. Holy Warriors is a about the consequences of wars, in particular the Russian conflicts in Chechnya and Afghanistan and other Islamic regions with "terrorist regimes."
Marianna Yarovskaya is a former journalist for Russian televison. Graduating from Moscow State University she went to work for a prime time new programa "Vremya" (Time) on Russian State Television. She then went on to work for a cultural news program "Namedni" (This Week) on Independent Television (NTV), the most highly rated network in Moscow. She got her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film Production at the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, she worked in research on several documentary features, including kindertransport (Warner Bros.) by Academy Award–winning documentarian Mark Harris, and Kent State by Academy Award–nominated producer Mark Mori (Single Spark Pictures).
In 1999 Marianna directed and produced Undesirables, a documentary following the lives of four young runaways in different areas of Russia. The film was nominated for a Student International Documentary Association Award, earned a Student Oscar (Student Academy Award) and a College Emmy. The film was also featured at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers Showcase.
During the past five years Marianna has worked as a video producer at the NASA Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California, and for the Discovery Channel series Unsolved History and the History Channel Series Modern Marvels.