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The Babushkas of Chernobyl

2015, Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, USA, 71 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 17th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 17th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Jun 18th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 19th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 20th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Jun 21st 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jun 22nd 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 23rd 6:15pm
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"A haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable." – Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

"Potent, immersive ... providing incredible depth and access." – Charlie Schmidlin, Indiewire

Following the nuclear power plant disaster in Chernobyl (whose thirtieth anniversary fell on April 26), a great swath of Ukraine’s heavily forested landscape remains eerily empty, frighteningly radioactive, and designated "the Dead Zone." Into this treacherous environment, paradoxically fruitful and teeming with animal life, venture filmmakers Bogart and Morris, tracking a handful of rural grandmothers, the daring holdouts who stubbornly refused to evacuate their lifelong homes. Stoic and joyfully at peace, these elderly women continue daily life in a time warp, seeking each other’s company for the rare Easter feast punctuated by song, many shots of vodka, and tears for a time long gone and for loved ones lost. In English and Ukrainian with English subtitles. Presented in cooperation with the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago, and the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. DCP digital. (BS)

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