Director Series continues with The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Posted July 28, 2022 at 10:45 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val shares news about their ongo­ing Direc­tor Series.

The Babushkas of Cher­nobyl is the Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s next offer­ing in The Direc­tor Series.

This film is a por­trait of a defi­ant com­mu­ni­ty of women who scratch out an exis­tence on some of the most tox­ic land on earth, the radioac­tive “exclu­sion zone” sur­round­ing Chernobyl’s Reac­tor No. 4. While most of their neigh­bors have long since fled, and their hus­bands have grad­u­al­ly died off, this stub­born sis­ter­hood is cling­ing to their ances­tral home­land despite its tox­i­c­i­ty. 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 — Han­na Zavoroty­na, Maria Shovku­ta, and Valen­ty­na Ivaniv­na — 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.

Fol­low­ing a free online show­ing tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m., stream the film on demand from July 29 through Aug. 10 for $1.95.

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