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My Perestroika: Discussion Guide

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My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Contemporary interviews, along with footage rarely seen outside of Russia — including home movies from the USSR in the 1970s — paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of current Muscovites who were raised behind the Iron Curtain. As an outreach tool the film provides viewers with an opportunity to go beyond sound-bite news coverage or politcal propaganda to look at what happens to ordinary people when their society is turned upside down.

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My Perestroika (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 28, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

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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Robin Hessman
Robin Hessman

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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