My Perestroika



On September 19, REEEC will offer a special screening of My Perestroika to the Urbana-Champaign Community.  This critically-acclaimed documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and went on to many prestigious film festivals including New Directors/New Films at MOMA and Lincoln Center in NY, the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, Full Frame, (where it received the Filmmaker Award) and Silverdocs, (where it was awarded a Special Jury Prize).

The film screening will take place at 4:00PM in room 66 Main Library, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana.

Film synopsis:

When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, MY PERESTROIKA tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country. Engaging, funny, and positively inspiring, in MY PERESTROIKA politics is personal, honesty overshadows ideology, and history progresses one day, one life at a time.

Note: Room 66 is located in the Northwest basement, accessed by the west elevator. There is also outside access by stairs near the north library door.

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