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Filmmaker Robin Hessman talks about living in Russia for most of the 1990s and how she found the characters in My Perestroika.

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POV asks the Meyerson family of My Perestroika about their recent visit to New York City.

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Russians recall the mass demonstrations that occurred in response to an attempted coup by a group of Soviet hardliners in 1991.

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A group of Russians describe how they felt during the beginning of perestroika. Openness and reform were ushered into the USSR and would become pivotal to the country's history.


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.

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My Perestroika (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 28, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Robin Hessman Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: POV Wins Peabody Award for My Perestroika | Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Economist Film Project Selection

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My Perestroika gives you a privileged sense of learning the history of a place not from a book but from the people who lived it. Watching it is a little like attending a party in an unfamiliar city and discovering the place's secrets from the guests.”

— Stephen Holden,
The New York Times


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Critical Acclaim

…playful, insightful, hypnotic, and, ultimately, superb.”

— Bilge Ebiri,
New York Magazine

Это удивительно точное погружение в нашу жизнь — без пафоса, но и без цинизма, с сочувствием, острым юмором, но без яда”

— Andrei Plakhov,

…profoundly insightful and overall stupendous …. My Perestroika must be considered one of the year’s best documentaries.”

— Stewart Nusbaumer,
The Huffington Post

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