The Babushkas of Chernobyl
Documentary, Ukraine (2015) | Director: Holly Morris and Anne Bogart | 70 mins | Ukrainian and Russian with English Subtitles
In observance of International Women’s Day.
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of visitors – scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’ – young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video-game-inspired fantasies. Why the women chose to return after the disaster – defying the authorities and endangering their health – is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny, and the subjective nature of risk.
This screening is sponsored by the Iona Community www.iona.org.uk