Perestroika Songspiel

“We’ve come to tell the story of hopes that didn’t come true, of promises that weren’t made good.  Here are five heroes of perestroika. . . .  An idealistic democrat.  A noble businessman.  A heroic revolutionary.  A bitter nationalist.  And a woman who has found her own voice. . . .  How the Democrat and the Businessman sang like a pair of lovebirds: Freedom!  Freedom!  How quickly they figured out that there are things more important than freedom. . . .  Hatred for authority.  That’s the main thing.  Revolution, that’s the ticket.  After it’s over, we’ll see what kind of revolution it was.”

Film by Chto Delat? (Olga Egorova, Dmitry Vilensky, Natalia Pershina [Gliuklya], and Nikolai Oleinikov; Director: Olga Egorova (Tsaplya); Music: Mikhail Krutik; Screenplay: Tsaplya, Dmitry Vilensky, and Gliuklya; Editing: Tsaplya and Dmitry Vilensky; Camera and Lighting: Artem Ignatov; Sound: Sergei Knyazev; Set Design: Nikolai Oleinikov and Dmitry Vilensky.  2009.  Chto Delat/What Is To Be Done? was founded in 2003 by a group of artists and writers from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, and Petersburg with the goal of merging art, activism, and political theory.  See, also, Chto Delat, “Partisan Songspiel: A Belgrade Story.”

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