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Global Voices | My Perestroika | Trailer | ITVS

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Airs Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 10/9c on World Channel

My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their structured Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of the new Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.

At first glance, in today's Russia, everything is different from the lives these young people would have lived in the USSR. They are the invisible "ordinary" people of Moscow — raising their own children in a world they couldn't have imagined in their wildest dreams. But have those changes ultimately proved to be only superficial?

The film includes rare home movie footage from the 1970s and 1980s 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.

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