My Perestroika (2011)
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International Film Circuit is proud to present US Theatrical release of MY PERESTROIKA, Robin Hessman's intimate and lovingly crafted portrait of the last generation of Soviet children brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Since premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the film has screened at some of the world's top documentary showcases, including the Full Frame Festival (Filmmaker Award), Silverdocs (Special Jury Award), New Directors/New Films, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Rotterdam Film Festival
Mar 23, 2011 Limited
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My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.
Like all of us, they are looking back on the best and most brilliant times of youth. It's a universal longing that knows no politics.
"My Perestroika" is specific to Russia, of course, but the juvenile certainty and conformity it chronicles seem universal.
It not only evocatively captures the Russian spirit and the yearnings of a generation, but it also masterfully chronicles the historic collapse of the Soviet Union and its complex aftermath.
"My Perestroika" reminds us that no matter how repressive a government, no matter how entrenched attitudes may seem, underneath the surface there are countless individuals very much like us.
My Perestroika manages to paint a picture of a people twice-disillusioned by their political system -- a uniting thread between East and West, indeed.
Russia over the last thirty years as lived by the political upheaval generation.
A refreshing alternative to many fictional representations of large nations weathering cataclysmic changes.
Engulfed in a bittersweet symphony of getting what one wants and losing what one once had, the documentary's personal conversations manifest themselves into something greater than a few Russians weighing in on current affairs
a heavily compacted and yet deeply personal look at the growth of Communism from Lenin through the breakup of the Soviet Union to the election of Vladimir Putin
Strongly influenced by Michael Apted's "Up" series, this is a supremely apolitical film about some truly momentous events. With its "hip" triumphalism over the fall of the USSR, it seems a bit dated given the course of events over the past 3 years.
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