HOME
BROWSE COLLECTION
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
ORDER INFO
SEARCH TITLES

 




The Babushkas of Chernobyl
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
Item#: BAB-1107
Choose License:  Format: 

Running Time: 72 minutes
and 52 Minutes
Grades 11 - Adult
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
A Film by Holly Morris and Ann Bogart

 

“Stirring....A fascinating portrait of the exclusion zone, with its strange, eclectic cast of characters. At the center of it all are the babushkas themselves.”
- New York Times, Women In The World

“A haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable. There are few more inhospitable or infamous places on Earth than Chernobyl.”
-Chicago Tribune

"A beautiful film...Captures the subtleties and uncertainties of Chernobyl and, moreover, the resilience of the human soul.”
- George Johnson, New York Times

“Delivers a haunting sociological study. The primary health concern is apparently thyroid cancer, with one of the women having had to get hers removed a few years after the nuclear incident.”
- The Hollywood Reporter

“A portrait of a place and its people who are like no other.”
– Examiner.com

“Potent, immersive....incredible depth and access.”
- Indie Wire

"Highly Recommended. A fine complement to Russian studies, women’s studies, general science, sociology, and health studies courses.”
– Educational Media Reviews Online

WINNER

Best Documentary
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary & Special Jury Award
Salem Film Festival

Special Jury Honor Award for Directing
Los Angeles Film Festival

Special Jury Award for Documentary
& Best Editing

Woodstock Film Festival

One In A Million Award
Sun Valley Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION (Partial)

DOC NYC
DC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, WOMEN IN FILM
OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL
ARCHITECTURE FILM FESTIVAL, ROTTERDAM
VERMONT FILM FESTIVAL
ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, PRAGUE
WOMEN + FILM FESTIVAL, DENVER
SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FESTIVAL
DOCUMENTA MADRID
SEOUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

 

 

All prices include DVD and limited Public Performance Rights
• K-12 Schools, Public Libraries & Community Groups: $89
• Colleges, Government, Business: $250
• Colleges, Government (with DSL): $350


The Babushkas of Chernobyl journeys into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone several decades after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in April 1986. The tightly regulated 1000 square mile Dead Zone remains one of the most radioactively contaminated places on Earth, complete with military border guards.

Surprisingly, a defiant, spirited group of elderly women scratches out an existence in this lethal landscape. The resilient babushkas are the last survivors of a small community who refused to leave their ancestral homes after the Chernobyl disaster.

The film follows the women for over a year, capturing their unusual lives in the Dead Zone, as well as other extraordinary scenes -- from radiation spikes just a few feet from the nuclear reactor, to a group of thrill-seekers called “Stalkers” who sneak into the Zone illegally to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies.

Scientists in the area describe the extent of contamination in the Exclusion Zone and the continuing danger of radiation poisoning. Journalist Mary Mycio, author of Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl, studies the long-term impacts on humans, animals, and plants. A visit to the reactor itself shows a containment sarcophagus under construction, which will need to last longer than the pyramids in Egypt to prevent further radiation releases.

While the babushkas' spirit mirrors the determination of the Ukrainian nation – a country that continues to survive despite its ongoing conflict with Russia – it remains unlikely Chernobyl will be repopulated anytime in the foreseeable future




FILMMAKER AVAILABLE FOR SCREENINGS
Filmmaker Holly Morris who spent 3 years filming in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is available for speaking engagements with the film. Please Inquire.

MORE FILMS ON NUCLEAR ISSUES

MORE FILMS ON SLAVIC & EUROPEAN STUDIES