Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m. in Fahy 236, Slavic Club will be
showing the award winning, educational 90 minute
documentary, My Perestroika. The documentary is an intimate look at the last
generation of Soviet children. Five classmates go from living sheltered
childhoods to experiencing the hopes of Gorbachev's reforms and the
confusion of the USSR's dissolution, to searching for their places in
today's Moscow. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother,
entrepreneur and married teachers paint a picture of the challenges,
dreams and disappointments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.
Through first-person testimony, vérité footage and vintage home movies,
this beautifully crafted documentary reveals a Russia rarely seen on
Woven from nearly 200 hours of footage of former Russian schoolmates
filmed from 2005 to 2008, hundreds of reels of home movies from the
1970s and 1980s and dozens of Soviet propaganda films of the era, My
Perestroika is a nuanced account of a tumultuous time — the last years
of the Soviet system — as experienced by a generation coming of age just
as its country broke apart. The film is also an affecting portrait of
the paths five young people took when their world turned upside down.
Perestroika literally means restructuring in Russian, and it was also
the term used to define the political and social changes that followed
the collapse of the USSR. This documentary captures the ideology and
feelings of a small group of Russians who are of the right age to
remember the zeitgeist of Russia both before and after the wall fell.
Incredible archival footage shows the society that the Communist Party
was trying to build, and it is wonderfully inter cut with the director’s
modern footage to build the case that Russia is Russia, and it seems
like it will always be that way, regardless of who is running the show.
A co-production of Red Square Productions/Bungalow Town Productions
and ITVS International in association with American Documentary | POV.
The documentary came out in 2010 and had its PBS Premiere in June 28, 2011. This
year, it has received a Peabody Award, the highest honor for broadcast
After its viewing, we will be holding Q&A session and a reception with Slavic food. All are welcome!
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