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Back In The Soviet Bloc
Back In The Soviet Bloc
Back In The Soviet Bloc
182 min • Society • 2013 • PG

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.

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Lenin, Tchaikovsky & Dixieland Jazz
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1. Lenin, Tchaikovsky & Dixieland Jazz
26 mins

Julia explores the USSR's origin in the city formerly known as Leningrad, which was the site of the October Revolution, and also discovers St Petersburg's musical side.

Capitalism, Celebrities & Dachas
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2. Capitalism, Celebrities & Dachas
26 mins

Julia explores the challenges of doing business in post-Soviet Moscow, and visits Russia's weekend retreat - the dacha.

Independence, Revolution & Eurovision
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3. Independence, Revolution & Eurovision
26 mins

Julia learns about the Orange Revolution and the ongoing social issues in Ukraine.

Artists, Activists & Stilettos
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4. Artists, Activists & Stilettos
26 mins

Julia visits a monastery famous for its artists-in-residence, and learns about the changing role of women in Ukrainian society.

Folklore, playgrounds & reunions
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5. Folklore, playgrounds & reunions
26 mins

Julia discovers Ukraine's traditional culture, and revisits her own origins.

Stalin, Gymnastics & Discotheques
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6. Stalin, Gymnastics & Discotheques
26 mins

Julia explores Kherson, a town in regional Ukraine still largely unchanged since Soviet times, then visits tourist playground Odessa.

Borsch, Vodka & Fusion Cuisine
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7. Borsch, Vodka & Fusion Cuisine
26 mins

Julia explores Russia and Ukraine's culinary delights, from well known traditional dishes to modern fusion cuisine.

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