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My Perestroika -- MY PERESTROIKA follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times -- from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia.
My Perestroika -- The story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain.
My Perestroika -- 'My Perestroika' tells the story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Just coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world of their childhood crumble and change beyond recognition.

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Directed by
Robin Hessman 
 
Produced by
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer: ITVS
Robin Hessman .... producer
Simon Kilmurry .... executive producer: POV
Rachel Wexler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lev Zhurbin 
 
Cinematography by
Robin Hessman 
 
Film Editing by
Alla Kovgan 
Garret Savage 
 
Production Management
Mark Steele .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Kristin Koch .... graphic artist
Nice Shoes .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Tim Anderson .... sound editor
Peter Levin .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara Parks .... sound editor
 
Editorial Department
Will Cox .... colorist
Ben Laffin .... on-line editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Anastasia Skoybedo .... post-production assistant
Philip Thangsombat .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ari Barkan .... Outreach Assistant/Promoter
Adam J. Segal .... publicist
Pavel Shelenkov .... additional production support
Kristina Shelenkova .... production assistant
Innes Smolansky .... legal counsel
Anya Talis .... distribution and outreach coordinator
Angela Tucker .... distribution and outreach director
 

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Understanding the misunderstood, 28 March 2011
Author: Drew Santorello from United States

Robin Hessman's "My Perestroika" is an interesting view of a world unknown. For these people, growing up during the time that they did was something completely new, and because of this they had no one to turn to. This film helps you to understand what growing up in a different world is like. As their government collapsed and the Soviet Union was no more these individuals found their lives becoming more and more awry.

From a production standpoint, this film is well made despite Hessman's lack of equipment and crew. She conducted the interviews herself with her camera in hand, and while it's not as stylized as many recent documentaries, it fits the tone of the film perfectly. This method also brings the audience closer to the individuals and allows for a more personal connection with them. The archival footage in the film is used in a creative way; similar shots of archival footage (such as the first day of school) juxtaposed with current shots. This method works as a metaphor for the generation gap between these individuals and the following generation.

Finally, I am amazed with the understanding that Hessman has of this situation not being from Russia. It shows that this documentary was well research and was cared for every step of the way.

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