Graduate, All-Union State Institute Cinema, 1971.
He is a People"s Artist of Russia. Steven Spielberg invited Pavel Chukhray to participate in his project: “Broken Silence” (2002), an international documentary mini-series about the holocaust. The series consists of five foreign-language films featuring testimonies from Argentina, the Czechoslovakian Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia and directed by distinguished filmmakers from each of these countries.
Pavel Chukhray directed the segment "Children from the Abyss," detailing the experience of Holocaust survivors and their resistance, betrayal, rescue, and the desire for revenge in this Russian-language documentary.
The film series was subtitled into 11 languages (including English) and has aired on television in 18 countries worldwide. Pavel Grigoryevich Chukhray was born in Bykovo, Ramensky district, Moscow Oblast.
His mother was a teacher—she taught Russian language and Literature. His father was the film director Grigory Chukhray.
When Pavel was seven, his father began working at Dovzhenko Film Studios, and the family moved to Kiev.
When he was nine, Chukhray and his family moved to Moscow. At the age of 16, he began working for the Russian film studio Mosfilm. In 1964, he went to Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography) studying to become a cinematographer.
He continued on to directing, receiving his diploma in 1974.
Chukray"s directorial debut was "You Should Sometimes Remember," in 1977, starring Nikolai Kryuchkov. His third film, "A Cage for a Canary" (1983), which he both wrote and directed played at the Cannes Film Festival and elsewhere.
His eighth film, The Thief (1997), brought him success internationally. lieutenant was one of the top three box office hits in Russia, and was nominated internationally for many awards including an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
Cinematographers’ Union of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.