YASHKA, BATTALION OF DEATH
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- Director: Jérémy Fauchoux
- Cast: Irina Kosterina, Alexandra Arkhipova
Born in 1889 in Siberia to an alcoholic father in a poor family, Maria Bochkareva’s life saw a string of abusive relationships with men. She was abused, beaten, deported but never defeated. When World War I broke out and the Czar called for national support, she found her calling. She enlisted with his special permission & was the only woman in the army. In the camps, she battled prejudices, humiliation & attempted rape, and re-made herself as the masculine Yashka. She went on to fight at the frontlines, lead an all-female Battalion of Death to war, and be held up as a feminist icon worldwide. This is her story.