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Your Perestroika: Share Your Stories About the Cold War

Woven from nearly 200 hours of footage of former Russian schoolmates filmed from 2005 to 2008, hundreds of reels of home movies from the 1970s and 1980s and dozens of Soviet propaganda films of the era, My Perestroika is a nuanced account of a tumultuous time — the last years of the Soviet system — as experienced by a generation coming of age just as its country broke apart.

We want to hear stories about the Cold War from the American perspective. What events — both cultural and political — do you remember from the second half of the 20th century? What were some defining moments for you? Is there anything you miss from the Cold War era?

Enter your stories in the comments section below. (And if you have images or video from that period that you want to share... tag it #yourperestroika on Flickr and YouTube, and we'll take a look!)





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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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