My Perestroika

Director Robin Hessman
Genre Documentary
Runtime 88 minutes
Supplier Red Square Productions
Release Date In theatres on September 9, 2011


My Perestroika 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. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.

Filmmaker Award - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2010

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Press & Articles

“Critics' Pick: 'My Perestroikia': Through the Looking Glass of History” - The New York Times

“From Russia With Love and Fear ” - The Wall Street Journal

“Hessman's first feature is an engaging picture of five thirtysomething Moscow residents who came of age during the final years of the Soviet Union” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Witnesses to the fall of the Soviet Union” - The Boston Globe

“Critic's Pick: 'My Perestroika': Russian life is still a bear” - The Washington Post

“'Perestroika' looks at Soviet Russia ” - Sun Media

“Untying the Personal-Political Knot in 'My Perestroika'” - The Village Voice

“'My Perestroika': Looking back, at the USSR” - The Globe and Mail

“'My Perestroika': Generation nyet” - The Toronto Star

“'My Perestroikia' Review” - Huffington Post

“Documentary filmmaker Robin Hessman explores the lives of Russians who came of age as the USSR crumbled” - Los Angeles Times

“Muscovite Lives, Entangled in History” - The New York Times

“'My Perestroikia' Review” -

“The Twenty Very Best Movies at Sundance 2010” - New York Magazine

“'My Perestroikia' Review” - The Nation

“'My Perestroika': Witness to new Russia” - San Francisco Chronicle

“As the USSR collapses, ‘My Perestroika’ follows its upheaval on five Russian children coming of age” - The Christian Science Monitor

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