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  • Summary: 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. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Rory L. Aronsky
    People like Amy Grappell should be highly honored for showing those parts of the world that we do not know, despite news networks insisting otherwise.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Generates genuine suspense as it follows a group of American actors in the former Soviet Union during a fateful period of the Perestroika era.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mostly the film is a testament to the egomania of the theater: despite what's going on around them, these actors can't see just how minor their modest project really is.
  4. 50
    Of historical interest, although a more experienced filmmaker would have made more of the sudden rush of events - and avoided the temptation to put himself or herself into nearly every frame, as Grappell does.
  5. 50
    Grappell implicitly uses the juxtaposition with the martyred Kurbas to gauge her commitment to her own art. Light From the East drinks freely from the triumphalist cup of the glasnost era.