Davis Center: Film Screening: The Babushkas of Chernobyl


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00pm


CGIS South, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA


30 years after the Chernobyl disaster, some 100 women fiercely cling to their ancestral homeland inside the radioactive “Exclusion Zone.” While most of their neighbors have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off, this stubborn sisterhood is hanging on — even, oddly, thriving — while trying to cultivate an existence on toxic earth.

Why do they insist on living on farms that the Ukrainian government and radiation scientists have deemed uninhabitable? How do they manage to get by, isolated, in an abandoned landscape guarded by soldiers, and rife with wild animals? How has the radiation affected them these past 3 decades?
- From thebabushkasofchernobyl.com

Free admission

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.