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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 footage and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country. Engaging, funny and positively inspiring, MY PERESTROIKA shows that politics are personal, honesty overshadows ideology and history progresses one day, one life at a time.
This New York Times Critics Pick premiered at Sundance Film Festival2010, and went on to win the Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at Silverdocs.