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MIPTV Picks: My Perestroika

As an American who had lived in Moscow, producing the Russian version of Sesame Street, Robin Hessman returned to the country as a filmmaker with an aim to tell the stories of several Russians of the Perestroika generation - those who had lived behind the 'Iron Curtain' only to see it torn down with the collapse of the USSR, replaced with new freedoms and uncertainties.
March 31, 2010


As an American who had lived in Moscow, producing the Russian version of Sesame Street, Robin Hessman returned to the country as a filmmaker with an aim to tell the stories of several Russians of the Perestroika generation – those who had lived behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ only to see it torn down with the collapse of the USSR, replaced with new freedoms and uncertainties. With My Perestroika, Hessman weaves together the stories of five classmates whose lives have bridged the gap between pre- and post-Soviet Russia. The film, part of the U.S. documentary competition at Sundance this past January, is due to air on ‘POV’ in the U.S. in 2011, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Partners: A coproduction of Red Square Productions, Bungalow Town Productions, ITVS International in association with American Documentary|POV and YLE. Distributed by ro*co films international for all rights except U.S. and Finland broadcast.

Length: 1 x 87 minutes and 1 x 52 minutes

Wrapped: January, 2010. Premiered at Sundance 2010. U.S. broadcast premiere – mid 2011; Finland Broadcast – TBD

Rights available: World excluding U.S. broadcast & Finland broadcast

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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