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Babushkas of Chernobyl, The
Directed by
Holly Morris
Co-Director: Anne Bogart

USA / 2015 / 72

East Coast Premiere
In English and Ukrainian with subtitles

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Q&A Attendees
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Holly Morris
LIMITED TICKETS are available at ROSENDALE THEATRE for the Rosendale screening.

Here in the exclusion zone life never stopped, nature just took over. So says Valentyna Ivanivna, one of a remarkable group of elderly babushkas living in the shadows of Chernobyl in a scattering of small villages on some of the most toxic land on earth. Ironically, this contaminated earth produces herbs, fruits and vegetables that seem to sustain the babushkas. How is it possible that these ancient women continue to thrive? Is the deep and enduring friendship they share part of the answer? Do we need to rethink everything we've been taught about nuclear contamination? What about the thrill-seeking young men who tempt fate in acts of bravado that may someday claim their lives? Evacuees were told they could never return, but motherland is everything. Each person should live where their soul desires, says one. This is a fascinating and powerful film, with indelible images and a near perfect score. Brilliant and courageous filmmaking. A must see.

Barbara Pokras, ACE

Director Holly Morris's documentaries, which often explore the lives of unlikely women icons, have been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic and around the world. Her award-winning original essay "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" (also published as Ukraine: A Country of Women,) was widely syndicated and is the topic of her popular TED Talk. Morris is the author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (Random House), and writer/director of its companion PBS series.

Anne Bogart is a television producer and director who has filmed around the world for the PBS series Globetrekker. She has produced and directed entertainment programs including the long-running EuroTrash.

Cast/Featuring: Maria Shovkuta, Hannah Zavorotnya, Valentyna Ivanivna
Executive Producer(s): Nancy Nordhoff, Abigail E. Disney, Jill Mazursky, Stacy Sherman, Billy Ray, Lynn Hays, Gini Reticker
Producer(s): Holly Morris
Director(s): Holly Morris
Co-Director: Anne Bogart
Cinematographer(s): Japhet Weeks
Editor(s): Richard Howard, Mary Manhardt, Michael Taylor
Composer(s)/Music: Rob Teehan
Sound Designer(s): Gene Park
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