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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
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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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Glad to have made an exception to my I-hate-documentaries rule, 5 February 2011
Author: JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Documentaries are rarely powerful enough to let me watch to the end. Firstly, the voice over usually has an I-know-all, scholarly tone of voice that makes me cringe. Secondly, when famous scientists are invited to say a few words, they are commonly limited to (indeed) a few words, since too many long words may tick off the average viewer. Should I go on??

This time I gladly make an exception to my rule. The chosen format is perfectly suited to bring the mixed message across. It does not "feel" like a documentary at all. The idea to round up a handful of average people, and letting them picture their own past, is very good. This is mostly due to the fact that a real cross section of the Russian people does the talking, supported by photos and film fragments, partly from their past and partly from television.

The concept was not immediately clear from the start, and it required some time to take off. The talking heads (in the positive sense) were filmed in their own environment (home, school, their business, etcetera), and were just themselves telling us about their past and present ideas. This works perfectly, also providing us with some insight in the circumstances these people live(d) in.

All in all, I'm glad that I overlooked the fact that this film was announced as a "documentary". This is a format for which new terminology should be invented.

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