Thursday, 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
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
After its viewing, during Q&A session Holly Morris will answer all our questions.
Everyone is welcome!
Slavic food will be served.
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