Light From the East
Light From the East (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 11, 2006
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Amy Grappell's documentary is about American actors who were accidentally caught up in momentous political events during a tour of Ukraine in 1991.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

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.

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Joe Leydon

Illuminating time-capsule doc boasts impressive technical polish.

Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Grappell is an amazing force in this documentary.

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Joshua Land
Village Voice

[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.

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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.

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