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Today marked the day of the biggest protests in Moscow since the fall of the USSR, according to BBC. Around 50.000 people attended the anti-government rally in Moscow today, but smaller protests also took place in St.Petersburg and other cities. Even here in Iceland a two Russians gathered outside the Russian embassy to protest the russian government and alleged fraud in Sunday´s elections.
It´s fitting to make the documentary of the day My Perestroika (2010, dir. Robin Hessman). The film follows life of five ordinary Russians who all were teenagers when the Soviet Union collapsed. They have seen and experienced the changes in Russian society first hand. Time will tell if today’s protests mark the beginning of yet another big transformation in Russia, but My Perestroika might help cast a light on those events and what led to them.
The film has gained worldwide attention and screened at numerous festivals receiving several awards and nominations. Following are some of the great reviews of My Perestroika. More can be found here. The photo with this post is a press material with courtesy of Red Square Productions from My Perestoika´s website.
“Robin Hessman’s intimate and lovely documentary … follows five classmates who came of age right before the Iron Curtain fell – the children of a vanished world. Charting the ways that time, memory, and a rapidly changing society have affected their lives, it’s playful, insightful, hypnotic, and, ultimately, superb.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
(“Twenty Very Best Movies at Sundance”)
“…profoundly insightful and overall stupendous …. My Perestroika must be considered one of the year’s best documentaries.”
Stewart Nusbaumer, The Huffington Post
“Speaking as a former Moscow correspondent from the 1960s and 1970s (Associated Press), I can say confidently this film gets inside the Russian mind better than any other documentary has managed.”
– Michael Johnson, American Spectator