The Russian Area Studies program will mark the 30th anniversary of the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine by screening the 2015 documentary film “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” at the Smith Opera House in Geneva. Hosted on the anniversary date, Tuesday, April 26, the event is free and open to the public.
The program will welcome the film’s award-winning director, Holly Morris, for a post-screening discussion via Skype. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the program and screening will begin at 7:30 p.m., including a brief introduction.
The film follows a post-Chernobyl community of women as they have survived in one of the most toxic places on Earth for the past three decades. The New York Times calls “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” “a beautiful film…an affectionate, stirring documentary” and The Chicago Tribune describes it as “provocative, powerful, poignant, and frankly, unforgettable.”
“We hope for a great turnout for what promises to be a gripping story, beautifully told,” says Associate Professor and Chair of Russian Area Studies Kristen Welsh. “Encourage your students, neighbors and family members to join us.”
At HWS, the film is linked to the “energy” unit of the course, BIDS 120, “Russia and the Environment,” which is being co-taught for the fourth time by Welsh and Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney.
More information is available about the documentary on the Smith’s website, including the film’s trailer.
About the filmmaker: A director and producer, Morris makes films that reveal the lives of risk-taking women around the world. Her work includes “Behind Closed Chad-ors” (Iran), “Holy Cow” (India), “Mana Wahines” (New Zealand) and “Paradox Found” (Cuba) – all of which have aired on PBS and internationally as part of her “Adventure Divas” series. For more about Morris, visit the “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” website.
This event is made possible with support from the Office of the Provost as well as the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Environmental Studies Program, History Department, Department of International Relations, Media and Society Program, Physics Department, Political Science Department and Public Policy Studies.