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MY PERESTROIKA

Produced and Directed by Robin Hessman

87 mins. • 2010 • US/UK • All Digital Formats

     
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When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, Robin Hessman’s feature documentary debut tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country.

Engaging, funny, and positively inspiring, in MY PERESTROIKA politics is personal, honesty overshadows ideology, and history progresses one day, one life at a time.


NYT Critics' Pick
“ENTHRALLING! Just raw experience. Astoundingly timely.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Remarkably candid.... full of surprises!" – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"INTIMATE and LOVELY.
Follows five classmates who came of age right before the Iron Curtain fell – the children of a vanished world. Charting the ways that time, memory, and a rapidly changing society have affected their lives, it’s PLAYFUL, INSIGHTFUL, HYPNOTIC, AND, ULTIMATELY, SUPERB.”

– Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

Named FILM OF THE WEEK and #1 in CRITICS’ PICKS in Time Out NY
“ ***** Filled with lovely, unlikely ideas. My Perestroika wastes no time confounding expectations. DON’T MISS THIS!”

– Joshua Rothkopf, TimeOut NY

“FASCINATING! Full of surprises.” – Richard Schickel, truthdig.com

“Tender, engrossing and utterly brilliant.
Thanks to Hessman’s archival research, you see the change in astonishing period images, including a lifetime of Borya’s home movies.
The experience of change makes My Perestroika a film that shouldn’t be missed. The lifetime part makes it indispensable.”
– Stuart Klawans, The Nation

“Tightrope-walking between cultures during the Cold War’s thaw, Hessman possesses an East-West street cred that pays off in spades with her honestly reflective and unselfconscious subjects.
THRILLING VIEWING.”
– Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine

"ENGROSSING!" – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

 
     
 

WINNER
Filmmaker Award – Full Frame 2010

 
     
WINNER
Special Jury Award – Silverdocs 2010
 
     
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Sundance Film Festival 2010
 
     
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New Directors/New Films 2010
 
     

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Hot Docs, Toronto 2010

 
     
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010
 
     
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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010
 
     
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Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam 2011
 
     

MY PERESTROIKA is a co-production of Red Square Productions, Bungalow Town Productions, and ITVS International in association with American Documentary/POV and YLE Finland.

 
     
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