Light From the East
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Summer 1991. Glasnost. Perestroika. The Soviet Union opens its doors to the West. On the other side of the world, a troupe of young actors from the La Mama Theater in New York City gather to participate in the first American/Ukrainian cultural exchange theater project in history. Among the troupe on its way to Ukraine is American actress and filmmaker Amy Grappell, who has brought a cinematographer to document the historic event. The troupe begins to rehearse the play "Light From the East," a drama that explores the life and work of nationally acclaimed Ukrainian theater director Les… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Amy Grappell's documentary is about American actors who were accidentally caught up in momentous political events during a tour of Ukraine in 1991."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A refreshing look at democracy in the making - where people seem informed and don't rely on the media to tell them what to think."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Illuminating time-capsule doc boasts impressive technical polish."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Grappell is an amazing force in this documentary."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"[The film] drinks freely from the triumphalist cup of the glasnost era, but a closing dedication to the veterans of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution (the subject of Grappell's next film) acknowledges that the struggle for democracy continues."
‑ Joshua Land, Village Voice
"It is an incredible story that unfolds on screen in front of you in The Light From the East, and you will come away better informed than you arrived."
‑ Oz,
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