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My Perestroika (2010)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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. Through the lives of these former schoolmates, this intimate film reveals how they have adjusted to their post-Soviet reality in today's Moscow. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Az én peresztrojkám  »

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$17,680, 27 March 2011, Limited Release

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$241,875, 11 September 2011
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A nice historical look back as well as insight into uncertainty...
22 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

For the last couple decades, the US has had very, very little interest in Russia. It seems that after the Cold War technically ended, most Americans just wanted to assume everything was fine and go on with our lives. However, while the old regimes are gone, in its place is a lot of uncertainty--and this documentary does a great job of discussing the historical context for the new Russia as well as the vague dissatisfaction many there feel today. It's all enlightening--even if there are no clear answers.

The film consists of the filmmakers following several 40-something Russians and just letting them talk. You have no narration--it's just like the folks are talking to you. Much of the film is a discussion of the old Soviet Union and its fall. I liked how the filmmakers juxtaposed this footage with old propaganda film from the Soviet government--it did a good job illustrating the old regime. The rest of the film concerned present-day Russia which is NOT such a clear picture. While the participants generally felt things are better, they were VERY jaded and seemed to have no faith in the current Putin government. However, how they react to this and the new sense of capitalism varies and is quite interesting to see--such as the idealistic man who has sort of dropped out of society. An interesting historical portrait of the old and a confusing view of the future--which is probably indicative of the average Russian's view of life in their country. It was the most telling when one said "What has really changed?". Fascinating and well made.


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