Born in the U.S.S.R. : 7 Up

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  • Shot two years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, this program emulates the 7 Up documentary model in which a group of children reveal their thoughts and feelings on camera. The Russian participants introduced here include Anton, a Moscow boy who precociously foreshadows a coup in his nation's political future; twins Stas and Dennis who live in an industrial suburb of Leningrad, now St Petersburg; Asya, also a Leningrad citizen, who shares a small apartment with her mother and grandparents; Tanya, who laments the lack of retail choices in her country and whose mouth waters, almost literally, over a Western mail-order catalog; Almaz, who lives in a factory workers' hostel in the capital of Kyrgyzstan; Rita, who dwells on the shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world; and Andrei, who resides in a children's home in Siberia.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on February 06, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.
  • Portions with English subtitles.


  • Meeting the U.S.S.R.'s Youngest Generation (2:46) -- Diverse Upbringings among Soviet Children (1:57) -- Molding Children for Soviet Society (2:12) -- Soviet Colonization of the Baltic States (1:20) -- Nationalism Threatens the Soviet Union (2:18) -- Ethnic Tension in a Soviet Republic (2:09) -- Migration from Conflict in the Soviet Union (2:18) -- Aggression among Soviet Children (3:27) -- World War II: a Major Soviet Theme (3:02) -- Soviet Children's View of Adults (2:39) -- Soviet Families (2:01) -- Soviet Village Life (1:25) -- Lenin's Octobrists (3:39) -- Visiting Lenin (2:02) -- Spiritual Awareness among Soviet Children (4:33) -- Young Career Aspirations in the Soviet Union (3:17) -- Hopes of Defecting (1:14) -- Gorbachev and Perestroika (3:11) -- Material Wealth in a Communist System (3:43) -- Conceptualizing Personal Property (2:21) -- Exposure to the West (2:39) -- Learning about America in the U.S.S.R. (3:16) -- Sleeping in the Soviet Union (1:08) -- Desires among U.S.S.R. Youth (5:04) -- Tracking the Youngest Soviet Generation (0:21) -- Born in the U.S.S.R.: 7 Up (0:44)
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