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Babushkas of Chernobyl, a Peabody Award-Winning Documentary
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Babushkas of ChernobylThursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., in Fahy 236, Slavic Club and Russian and East European Studies Program are featuring the Peabody Award-Winning documentary, Babushkas of Chernobyl, with one of its co-producers and directors, and award winning documentary writer Holly Morris.

Holly Morris is the writer/director/creator of the award-winning 8-part PBS documentary series about extraordinary women around the world, Adventure Divas, and author of the book Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine. She's also a longtime correspondent/traveler for the Globe Trekker series (PBS-U.S., Discovery-International). Her award-winning story "A Country of Women" about the babushkas of Chernobyl, originally published in MORE magazine, won Meredith's "Editorial Excellence Award," has been selected for the forthcoming book Best Travel Literature: 2013, and was republished in London’s Daily Telegraph in October, 2012

Her documentary, Babushkas of Chernobyl, shows a community of some 200 elderly women is defiantly clinging to their ancestral homeland in the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. While most of their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off, this stubborn sisterhood is hanging on — even, oddly, thriving — while trying to cultivate an existence on some of the most toxic acres on Earth.

One of the babushkas said, that it is starvation that scares them, not the radiation. They have lived through the Stalin’s enforced famines in the 1930s, through World War II, to now the nuclear disaster. Why they chose to live here 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.

After its viewing, during Q&A session Holly Morris will answer all our questions.

Everyone is welcome!

Slavic food will be served.

For more information please contact:
Anna Kuchta
(973) 275-5875


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