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taste of freedomIt was the beginning of spring in 1990. And it was the dawning of a new era, a time of burgeoning change which could not be stopped in a country freshly awoken by perestroika. Although Communist leadership was still clinging to its stranglehold on the country's fate, the people wanted otherwise. The people wanted to revoke the sixth section of the Constitution, which consolidated the Communist Party's monopoly on power. At the heart of the film is a young family of journalists –Sasha Politkovsky, his wife Anna, their children, and even their dog. Sasha was a prominent TV journalist who was the head anchor on "The View" (the most topical and least censored TV show of the time). Anna was destined to become a journalist of truly international fame, proving her courage, and her journalistic integrity, during her coverage of the Chechnyan conflict. Journalism is a profession which is most keenly involved in the political life of a nation. By 1990, perestroika had begun to change the Soviet Union, letting people get a taste of freedom, like a gulp of fresh air. But it was no longer enough for most people to have this small measure of Gorbachev's reforms. People wanted to live in a country free from communism. The film is a unique glimpse into a time which is already fading from people's memories, a time of amazing change and urgency as Russia took its first steps after the fall of a 75-year old totalitarian regime. Russian with English narration. 46 minutes, 1991

  • TNT (Turner Broadcasting), USA

  • Director and Cinematographer; MARINA GOLDOVSKAYA
  • Executive Producer; ROLAND JOFFE
  • Producer; LYN GOLDFARB
  • Music; YANNI
  • International Film Festival 1991: Denver, CO
  • Film Festival 1992: Telluride, CO
  • Aired on Turner Network Television
  • Video Librarian: "A good film about the changing culture and political perspectives of the Russian people..."