My Perestroika
USA/ UK/ Russia 2010, 88 min, Digital, Dir: Robin Hessman
Screenings:
  • Friday January 13, 2012 at 7:00PM
  • Saturday January 14, 2012 at 9:00PM
  • Sunday January 15, 2012 at 7:00PM
  • Monday January 16, 2012 at 9:00PM
  • Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 9:15PM

When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, the film tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country. Engaging, funny, and positively inspiring, in My Perestroika politics is personal, honesty overshadows ideology, and history progresses one day, one life at a time.

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