Film Screening: “The Babushkas of Chernobyl”

  • 02:00 PM
  • Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601


Join the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International at the Gene Siskel Film Center for the documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl from April 22-28, 2016.

Friday April 22nd @ 2:00pm
Friday April 22nd @ 6:00pm (Dir. Holly Morris in attendance)
Saturday April 23rd @ 5:15pm (Dir. Holly Morris in attendance)
Sunday April 24th @ 3:00pm (Dir.. Holly Morris in attendance)
Monday April 25th @ 6:00pm
Wednesday April 27th @ 6:00pm
Thursday April 28th @ 8:30pm

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Almost three decades following the nuclear power plant disaster in Chernobyl, 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. 2015; Holly Morris and Anne Bogart; USA; 71 minutes; DCP digital.