6/3: My Perestroika DVD release party with Filmwax!Posted: June 1, 2012
Description: If you missed the extraordinary doc “My Perestroika” when it screened at New Directors/New Films, Sundance or when it ran theatrically at that theater near you? Now’s your opportunity to own a copy of this award winner by filmmaker Robin Hessman!
Join Filmwax & KCCS to celebrate the arrival of the DVD. We are going to screen special bonus features off the DVD throughout the evening. Good booze, pool table, great friends.
MY PERESTROIKA (2010, 88min) follows 5 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. In Hessman’s portrait, there are no “talking head” historians, no expert witnesses, no omniscient narrator telling viewers how to interpret events. Instead, Borya, Lyuba, Andrei, Olga and Ruslan share their personal stories. They were 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.
Details: Sunday June 3rd 5pm
At Halyards, 406 3rd Ave, at 6th St., Gowanus
Tel: 718 532 8787