Brainstorming the Cold War

An episode from the series THE OPTIMISTS - SEASON 1

Format: HD
Duration: 52 ’
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Available versions: Russian | English (subtitles)
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1960 is the peak of Khrushchev’s thaw politics. The Soviet Union is cautiously opening up to the rest of the world. Although the Cold War clock is already ticking, the West is still more an ally than an enemy.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, an unusual collective is at work. The Strategic Analysis Group is composed of young, liberal graduates from top diplomatic schools. Their job is to brainstorm unorthodox moves in the USSR’s love-hate dance with the West. Their ideas seldom reach the top of the Ministry food chain and older colleagues openly dislike them.

Together they represent a unique era with all its joys and fears, wild hopes and crushing disappointments.