Magazine article Herizons

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Magazine article Herizons

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

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THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL

Directed by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart

The Babushkas of Chernobyl, an award winning documentary by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart that was screened at the 2017 Female Eye festival in Toronto, documents the hundred or so women who returned to the exclusion zone after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. That catastrophe saw thousands of people evacuated from the region near the town of Pripyat in the former U.S.S.R. The Babushkas, so named after their flowered head scarves, are determined to keep going and are seen making pickles and jam from the toxic soil.

These women and their ancestors survived Stalin's forced starvation, as well as Nazi invasions, and now refuse to let go of their toxic land. This story is as moving as a mother clinging with stubborn hope while feeding and dressing a dying child. …

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