My Perestroika (2011)

My Perestroika

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $0.2M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for My Perestroika

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Toronto Star
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"My Perestroika" is specific to Russia, of course, but the juvenile certainty and conformity it chronicles seem universal.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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The openness of these people is often astonishing -- and a sign of hope.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
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"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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for My Perestroika

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"My Perestroika" is an insightful documentary that takes a personal approach to recent history in the Soviet Union and Russia, seen through the eyes of five former classmates, an entrepreneur, a manager, married teachers and a street musician who have all gone in different directions in their lives. Sadly, there is also a little too much emphasis on very cute kids.(I love how the kids in the old Soviet Union would read books to get information. Those same kids, now grown up, complain about the kids not reading that much nowadays.) From the black and white archival and home movies shot during the 1980's, suddenly with a few exceptions, there is color footage after Brezhnev's passing, and the new world of the Gorbachev years. Change came in rapid bursts. As one person says, it felt like he came back to an entirely different country after he got out of the army in 1986. Suddenly there were punk rockers which could only be a sign of the end.(Kidding!) Gone are the propaganda posters of the old regime, replaced by advertisements for all sorts of products from the west, now available. The only possible exception is the ad for the Putin/Medvedev campaign. Then, there are also signs of history working in a cycle, as the past might not seem so dissimilar after all. Chechnya replaces Afghanistan(neither are mentioned) while terrorism replaces nuclear drills.(While we had duck and cover here in the states, they had gas masks.) After all is said and done, the mood of the citizens, having seen everything, is cynical, not conformist.

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