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The Glasnost Film Festival

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Collection of 22 Soviet documentaries released in the "glasnost era" which take a self-critical look at a country in transition.
VHS
1990; 1984
Ivy (By Request)
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Soviets

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Documents the story of perestroika in the Soviet Union, a story of a giant stirring, lumbering, and threatening to fall. These programs look at the survivors of the Armenian earthquake and Chernobyl and chronicle the Soviet Union's faltering steps toward political pluralism. There are interviews with Soviet non-conformists and an examination of the infamous Soviet bureaucracy. Finally, the programs conclude with footage of demonstrations, strikes, and riots, as the people take politics into their own hands.
VHS
1991; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
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Conversations With Gorbachev

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Mikhail Gorbachev and Stephen Cohen discuss Gorbachev's rise to power in the Soviet system, developments under his leadership, the nature of his reforms, his role in ending the Cold War, his assessments of Boris Yeltsin's leadership, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and relations between the United States and Russia since 1991.
VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
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Gorbachev and the Fall of the Soviet Union

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"This program profiles Gorbachev's life, from his rise within the Communist Party to his role in the fall of the Soviet Union"--Container.
VHS
1996
Ivy (Item in transit)
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Soviet Disunion: Ten Years Which Shook the World

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Through interviews with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze, as well as other official and private persons, and contemporary film records, this documentary presents the events since in the Socviet Union between 1985 and 1995.
VHS
1997; 1995
Ivy (By Request)
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Guns, Tanks, and Gorbachev

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Highlights the causes of the recent violence in the Baltic region and the Soviet Republic of Georgia and examines the ramifications of U.S.-Soviet relations. Since the democratically-elected government of Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union in March 1990, the Bush administration has been forced to juggle its desire to support Mikhail Gorbachev with its expressed commitment to support democratic reform movements everywhere.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Globalization and Economics [electronic resource]

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Travels from the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka and Chile to study the role of technology and the impact of economic and political changes caused by globalization. Historian Michelle Kendrick compares the responses of societies to new technologies.
Online
2004
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The New Russian Revolution

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In an original production, CNN VIDEO draws the viewer through the dramatic events of the six days in August 1991 as they unfold: From the hardline coup that imprisoned Gorbachev and tried to drag the embattled Soviet people back to the days of Stalin, to the show of defiance outside the 'Russian White House' by forces loyal to Yeltsin, finally to the return of Gorbachev and the collapse of communist rule.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)
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The Struggle for Russia

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"Presents an in-depth look at Boris Yeltsin's presidency, exploring Russia's economic and social chaos and examining what went wrong with Yeltsin's 'shock therapy' economic reforms. The program looks at the battle between Yeltsin and his political opponents"--Container.
VHS
1994
Ivy (By Request)
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In the Shadow of Sakharov

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Profile of the life of the nuclear physicist who became a human-rights advocate and the father of the Soviet democracy movement. With access to Sakharov's family and friends, the film documents his life, which spanned seven decades of Communits rule in the U.S.S.R., and traces his struggle to teach his country and the world important lessons about the moral power of the human spirit.
VHS
1991
Ivy (By Request)