Upon discovering her Soviet background, Julia Nalivaiko's friends often ask, "What's it like?". To answer, she returned to Russia and Ukraine with Australian filmmaker Stuart McBratney. The series portrays contemporary life in former Soviet nations. Julia interviews the people, explores the landscapes, and samples the cuisine. She meets famous singers, homeless youths and retired soldiers. She dines at opulent restaurants, swigs home-distilled vodka, and revisits her childhood in an emotional reunion. Featuring engaging interviews and stunning cinematography, Back in the Soviet Bloc takes the viewer to a fascinating yet elusive part of the world.