My Perestroika, a documentary film directed by Robin Hessman. It 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. Using a wealth of footage rarely seen outside of Russia – including home movies from the USSR in the 1970s – the film combines an intimate view of the past with the contemporary lives of these former schoolmates, painting a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.
Believe it or not Thanks to random ad on Facebook, I was given the opportunity to see this wonderful documentary. I'm glad I did. It's real, raw and beautifully made. It was wonderful to be able to connect with my roots, this film has touched my heart, and made my day.
*Perestroika mean reconstruction, which is in reference to economic and political changes initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev*
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