The babushkas of chernobyl

Dirs. Holly Morris and Anne Bogart | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2015 | 72 min.

English and Ukrainian, with English subtitles

 Chilmark School

In the most toxic place on earth—the radioactive dead zone surrounding Chernobyl’s reactor number four—you’ll find a defiant community of women who have lived through Stalin’s enforced famines in the 1930s, the Nazi occupation, and nuclear disaster. While most of their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off, this stubborn sisterhood is hanging on—even thriving in this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape. The story of these unlikely heroines is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny, and the subjective nature of risk.

“It’s a testimony of love, compassion, solidarity, and proof of our ability to be self-sufficient despite our age.” – Adriana Aristizábal, The Huffington Post


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