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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.

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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,
Kommersant

…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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