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Light From the East

Light From the East (2006)


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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.

May 11, 2006
New York Times
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Illuminating time-capsule doc boasts impressive technical polish.

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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[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.

May 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source:

Grappell is an amazing force in this documentary.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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It is an incredible story that unfolds on screen in front of you in The Light From the East, and you will come away better informed than you arrived.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source:

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