In My Perestroika, filmmaker Robin Hessman gives us an intimate look at the last generation of Soviet children. As you meet five former classmates, you’ll witness their coming-of age from living sheltered childhoods in the USSR to searching for their places in today’s Moscow. They describe the ups and downs of life as their country transformed from a hard-line Soviet state, to its reforms under Gorbachev’s perestroika to modern-day Russia. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother, entrepreneur and married teachers paint a picture of the challenges, dreams and disappointments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Through first-person testimony, vérité footage and vintage home movies, this beautifully crafted documentary reveals a Russia rarely seen on film.
After you’ve seen how the five classmates have evolved into adults, explore POV’s website for interactive features inspired by the film.
- Join a live chat with filmmaker Robin Hessman on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2pm ET.
- Watch the film again for a limited time on POV’s website starting Wednesday, June 29, 2011, then go behind the lens with an exclusive extended interview with filmmaker Robin Hessman.
- View a gallery of Soviet propaganda posters with audio commentary by Russian history author Abbott Gleason.
- Brush up on your knowledge of the Cold War with our interactive timeline, from the rise and fall of the Soviet Union to today’s Russia.
- What is perestroika? Do the names Samantha Smith and Yuri Andropov ring a bell? If not, check out our Cold War glossary for a who’s who of key figures and a list of terms from the Cold War era.
- Then, test your knowledge of the Cold War with the “Are You a Cold War Kid?” quiz.
- Visit POV’s My Perestroika companion site for more interactive features, and come back to POV each week for cool film prizes.