Interviews from Russia. In Russian. 90 minutes. NTSC format, all regions. ISBN 1-58269-020-0 (one video DVD, 27-page PDF transcript by download). Director of photography: Slavomir Grunberg. Edited and produced by Slava Paperno and Viktoria Tsimberov. US Copyright Registration Number PA0001312093. $39.00.
The footage for this documentary was filmed in Volgograd and Alexandrov in the mid-1990s. It was funded by World Bank: the bank supported many nascent businesses in post-Soviet Russia and wanted to know how they were doing. The nineties were an interesting time, unique in Russia's history. The whole world was watching: will the USSR turn into a normal democratic nation? Perhaps even into a normal economy?
We watch the filmmakers meet people from various walks of life and talk to them about their families, their work, and, in some cases, their businesses.
An old man shows us the mushrooms he picked in the woods: “These are for me only; they are not for sale, they’re too good to sell.”
A young factory worker complains: “I’ll never be able to buy an apartment, not even an apartment to share with another family.”