In conjunction with “Ostalgia,” the New Museum presents Robin Hessman’s award-winning documentary My Perestroika, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.
“Enthralling…. My Perestroika gives you a privileged sense of learning the history of a place not from a book but from the people who lived it… Astoundingly timely.”
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
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. They are members of the last generation of Soviet children brought up behind the Iron Curtain. They take us on a journey through their Soviet childhoods, their youth during the country’s huge changes of Perestroika, and let us into their present-day lives.
The film interweaves their contemporary world with rare home-movie footage from the 1970s and ’80s in the USSR, along with official Soviet propaganda films that surrounded them at the time. Their memories and opinions sometimes complement each other and sometimes contradict each other, but together they paint a complex picture of the challenges, dreams, and disillusionment of this generation in Moscow today.
Sunday, September 25, 2011 | 3:00 PM