in about 100 words or less
Ukraine/US 72m, Colour
Directors: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart: Babushkas: Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, Valentyna Ivanivna
The Babushkas of Chernobyl is a poignant story of a small group of high-spirited elderly women who returned home to live in one of the most contaminated places on earth. Sustaining themselves on foods that they have grown in their gardens and collected from the forest, the Babushkas have become willing participants in the state’s scientific research on the environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In a truly strange juxtaposition, one the Babushkas is filmed conversing with a group of thrill-seekers who are inspired by a video game loosely based on by Andrei Tarkovsky’s film, Stalker (1979). A mesmerizing and tragic cautionary tale, the film’s underlying message is the enormous consequence of Chernobyl, and the potential for future disasters (Klaus Ming October 2016).