THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL, with short: THE FUTURE PERFECT
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The Babushkas of Chernobyl
2015 / US / 76 minutes / Format: DCP
Directed by: Anne Bogart, Holly Morris
Print Source: Anne Bogart and Holly Morris
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding the Chernobyl Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers—scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters chose to return 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. Like the wolves, moose, wild boar, and other wildlife not seen for decades that have come back to the abandoned forests around Chernobyl, the women of the Exclusion Zone, too, have an extraordinary story of survival, and offer a dark yet strangely affirming portrait of life post-apocalypse.
Short: The Future Perfect
Directed by: Nick Citton / 2015 / Canada / 11 minutes / Format: DCP
Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot unlearn.
The Babushkas of Chernobyl is sponsored by… The Olympia Food Co-op!