My Perestroika
a
summary
My Perestroika follows the lives of
five former schoolmates who grew
up in the last years of the USSR,
documenting how the...
The film focuses on the story of the
couple Borya and Lyuba, two history
teachers with very different
backgrounds.
Lyuba
Borya
a conformist who would salute the TV when
the Soviet hymn played
a Jew who preferred to subvert the system
whe...
But it also examines
the lives and opinions
of three former classmates:
Olga
Ruslan
Andrei
. . . and these three classmates offer their own
perspectives, giving depth and contrast to the
view of post-Soviet Russia...
a single mother and works
for a company that rents
out billiard tables
a famous Russian punk rock
musician who now plays i...
central message
True societal change is difficult to achieve.
It's like cleaning your room.
Mostly you just put things away, leaving the
general layout of the room untouched. It is onl...
My Perestroika shows
the importance of realizing the
difference between
perceived
societal change and
reality.
how effective was the
film in communicating
its message?
The absence of any sort of
narrative voice allowed for
both the interviews and the
old footage to speak for
themselves.
There was no explanation or
external guidance for how
to interpret the film.
Instead, it allowed
the listener to simply
absorb
and
develop their own opinion.
how did the
filmmakers want
the audience to
respond?
The filmmakers wanted
the audience to laugh,
but understand the
seriousness as well.
The thoughtful yet good natured and
humorous views of the interviewees
on both their own experiences and
the future of the...
the role of the
individual
in the
modern world
The individuals in My Perestroika are not famous.
However, the film shows that the
role of the individual,
even one who lives
a normal, simple life,
can be affected by
and ...
It shows how important the give and take of the
relationship between the modern world and the
individual is.
It shows that
how each individual
conducts their life
lends something to
the overall perception
of a society.
questions
Where are the interviewees now?
Have their lives changed anymore?
I wish there would have been
more elaboration on what
they think the future of
Russia is going to be like.
conclusion
My Perestroika illustrates the importance
of recognizing the difference between
perceived societal change and r...
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  1. 1. My Perestroika
  2. 2. a summary
  3. 3. My Perestroika follows the lives of five former schoolmates who grew up in the last years of the USSR, documenting how they have adjusted to the differences in life in post-Soviet Russia.
  4. 4. The film focuses on the story of the couple Borya and Lyuba, two history teachers with very different backgrounds.
  5. 5. Lyuba Borya a conformist who would salute the TV when the Soviet hymn played a Jew who preferred to subvert the system whenever possible.
  6. 6. But it also examines the lives and opinions of three former classmates:
  7. 7. Olga Ruslan Andrei
  8. 8. . . . and these three classmates offer their own perspectives, giving depth and contrast to the view of post-Soviet Russia presented by the film.
  9. 9. a single mother and works for a company that rents out billiard tables a famous Russian punk rock musician who now plays in the metro for money an entrepreneur in new Russian capitalism who sells French dress shirts
  10. 10. central message True societal change is difficult to achieve.
  11. 11. It's like cleaning your room. Mostly you just put things away, leaving the general layout of the room untouched. It is only when you sort through and evaluate the accumulation of stuff in your room, labeling things “used” “might use” and “never use” and dusting in the farthest corners, that any true change occurs. It is important to clean your room like this sometimes, even though your mother usually can't tell the difference.
  12. 12. My Perestroika shows the importance of realizing the difference between perceived societal change and reality.
  13. 13. how effective was the film in communicating its message?
  14. 14. The absence of any sort of narrative voice allowed for both the interviews and the old footage to speak for themselves.
  15. 15. There was no explanation or external guidance for how to interpret the film.
  16. 16. Instead, it allowed the listener to simply absorb and develop their own opinion.
  17. 17. how did the filmmakers want the audience to respond?
  18. 18. The filmmakers wanted the audience to laugh, but understand the seriousness as well.
  19. 19. The thoughtful yet good natured and humorous views of the interviewees on both their own experiences and the future of their country let the audience to enjoy all the film instead of drowning in the seriousness of the topic.
  20. 20. the role of the individual in the modern world
  21. 21. The individuals in My Perestroika are not famous.
  22. 22. However, the film shows that the role of the individual, even one who lives a normal, simple life, can be affected by and in turn affect the world.
  23. 23. It shows how important the give and take of the relationship between the modern world and the individual is.
  24. 24. It shows that how each individual conducts their life lends something to the overall perception of a society.
  25. 25. questions
  26. 26. Where are the interviewees now? Have their lives changed anymore?
  27. 27. I wish there would have been more elaboration on what they think the future of Russia is going to be like.
  28. 28. conclusion My Perestroika illustrates the importance of recognizing the difference between perceived societal change and reality and the importance of the individual in this process.

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