The Communist's Daughter

The Communist's Daughter

In the thick of the Reagan ‘80s, the daughter of two happily married communists struggles between fitting in at high school and upholding her family’s outdated beliefs.

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Created by Leah Cameron
Lead Actors Sofia BanzhafAaron PooleJessica HolmesRyan TaerkNadine Bhabha
Supporting Actors Kolton StewartZoe ClelandVieslav KrystyanChris LockeGeorge Stroumboulopoulos
Key Crew Natalie Novak RemplakowskiPalmer BaranekLauren CorberLeah Cameron

Genre:

Comedy

The year is 1989, and while most of the world is celebrating the triumph of the free market — 15-year-old Dunyasha McDougald is most definitely not. With the Berlin Wall about to fall and capitalism soaring, her parents, two full-fledged Pinkos, are becoming even more entrenched in their Uber-lefty beliefs.

This would all be okay with Dunyasha... if it weren’t for one thing: this dutiful daughter has just started at a new high school and a desire to fit in as well as a yearning to understand this glittering thing known as “American pop culture” is winning out. This puts Dunyasha at increasing odds with her dad, Ian, 50s, a modern-day Don Quixote with whom she’s always been close. An idealist with a capital “I,” Ian drives a rusty Lady Niva – a Russian army vehicle -- around their very conservative Toronto neighbourhood and has banned all forms of American media from the house.

So when Ian decides to throw his hat in the ring and run for election, it only serves to fuel Dunyasha’s anxiety. Will she fit in with the cool kids? Win the affections of Marc, the son of her Dad’s political rival? Or will she die of 1,000 little embarrassments instead?