Light From the East (2005)
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Summer 1991. Glasnost. Perestroika. The Soviet Union opens its doors to the West. On the other side of the world, a troupe of young actors from the La Mama Theater in New York City gather to participate in the first American/Ukrainian cultural exchange theater project in history. Among the troupe on its way to Ukraine is American actress and filmmaker Amy Grappell, who has brought a cinematographer to document the historic event. The troupe begins to rehearse the play "Light From the East," a
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Amy Grappell's documentary is about American actors who were accidentally caught up in momentous political events during a tour of Ukraine in 1991.
[The film] drinks freely from the triumphalist cup of the glasnost era, but a closing dedication to the veterans of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution (the subject of Grappell's next film) acknowledges that the struggle for democracy continues.
A refreshing look at democracy in the making - where people seem informed and don't rely on the media to tell them what to think.
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