Film Festival: Born in the USSR, 28 Up


When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 12.00 – 13.30 | Lengths: 60 minutes*

after the screening: extensive discussion with the audience moderated by Anke Lindemann, project manager and Scrum Master in multicultural/remote IT projects in a global company.

“I will always be Russian,” says 21-year-old Andrei, who now lives in the United States. Like all the other subjects of this documentary series, he was born in the Soviet Union. Director Sergei Miroshnichenko made Age 7 in the USSR in 1990 and and followed it up seven years later with Born in the USSR: 14 Up, for which he won an Emmy Award.

In this cultural extravaganza, 7 Up conducts a fascinating insight into a group of seven-year-olds and their very different lives within the former USSR. A rare insight into the regions, and cultural and racial differences they experience, with a simplicity and honesty only a child could demonstrate. With the 7 Up team documenting their lives every seven years, it’s sure to be a unique viewing experience.

Their stories provide an insight into the break-up of the former Soviet Union as well as a reflection of what life has become without Communism. Since filming, some of the youngsters have left the former USSR to go to Israel or the United States, some have stayed in their family home, but all have had their lives changed. Archival footage of them at the ages of seven and 14, 21 and  at 28, shows life in a society that was once shut off from the world.

More information: SIETAR Europa Congress 2019 Programme and Film Festival.