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Closing Film: The Babushkas of Chernobyl

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 NY-80 Cooperstown, New York 13326 (map)

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

The rousing real-life tale of a proudly defiant group of women who have managed to live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (“The Zone”)—the restricted area monitored by the Russian military after the 1986 nuclear power plant catastrophe where fallout contamination was highest and access tightly controlled—is one of the most resonant and warmly human stories of resilience ever recorded on film. Despite the obvious dangers of living on toxic ground, these brave women have been able to maintain their homes and gardens while sharing their lives with the odd mix of scientists, soldiers, and even prowlers and thrill-seekers who occasionally sneak in to have a look. Their courageous determination to keep their ancestral residences speaks volumes about the meaning of place, the pull of home, the urge for free will, and the subjective nature of risk-taking. (Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, 2015, 72 minutes)


$7 at the door

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