My Perestroika / Моя перестройка (2010) DVD59
My Perestroika (Restructuring) tells the story of 5 classmates from Moscow’s School # 57. Now in their early forties they are among the last generation of children to grow up under communist rule in Russia. This documentary juxtaposes old news-reel footage and home movies from the 1970s, 80s and 90s with clips of these 5 individuals as they are today. It demonstrates just how much the former Soviet Union has changed and also gives a bit of a warning about just where it might be headed in the future.

The five subjects look back with nostalgia at their childhood’s behind the Iron Curtain. Although they openly discuss the limitations and day-to-day restrictions of life in the USSR, they also seem to have had genuinely happy school days. Borya and Lubya are married teachers with a young son. They are quite politically minded. Ruslan is an angry, aging punk rocker. Olga is an apolitical single mom struggling to stay above the poverty line, while Andrei is a successful businessman.

Although this is a documentary it plays more like reality television in the sense that these are no so-called experts or historians, just ordinary citizens talking candidly about themselves.

DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | 01:28:00 | 3.78 Gb + 3% rec
Russian (Dolby AC3, 2 ch, 192Kbps) | Subtitle: English (hardcoded)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Family

Director: Robin Hessman
Country: USA, UK, Russia

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