My Perestroika 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, verité footage and vintage home movies, this beautifully crafted documentary reveals a Russia rarely seen on film.
The film is part of POV, a social issues documentary film series on PBS. Its television premiere will take place on June 28th. To find times and local channels for the premiere visit http://www.pbs.org/pov/myperestroika/. My Perestroika will also be screened in theaters around the country this summer. For a list of screening locations and times visit http://myperestroika.com/screenings/. The film will be shown in the Chicago area at the Music Box Theater and at the Wilmette Theater through June 30th.