Kyiv Premier of Acclaimed Film “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” followed by in person Q&A with the Director Holly Morris, Producer Eleanor Wilson, and Environmental Expert Mary Mycio.
About the film: In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s 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, 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.
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? At her cottage, Hanna Zavorotyna brews homemade moonshine and slices thick chunks of salo, raw pig fat - though it is strictly forbidden to eat local food. “Starvation is what scares me, not radiation,” she says. That stark choice reveals an incredible journey the women have traveled: from Stalin’s enforced famines in the 1930s, through Nazi occupation, to nuclear disaster. 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.
Please do not forget to bring your passport or driver's license.
More info coming soon!
Якщо Ви хочете навчатися у США, але Вам бракує знань щодо можливостей, процесу вступу в американські виші та фінансування своєї освіти, відвідайте щомісячну презентацію EducationUSA.
Join us as we discuss with Graham Griffith, a US-based media strategist:
1) Media and democracy
2) Volume of information in modern media and the new challenges to journalism
3) How to create programming that responds to a constantly changing media landscape
4) Perspectives on broadcast journalism and user centered design
In this fast-paced workshop, Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale will explore creativity theory and work with participants to demonstrate ideas for expanding individual and organizational creative practice.
Зустріч з відомою американською художницею Джордж-Енн ДеВілбісс Ґоуен!
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.
Are you a performing artist? Have you ever dreamed of touring in the United States but don't know where to start?
He is one of less than 1,500 people to spend a winter at the South Pole. Lived and worked on 3 continents. Traveled through 36 different countries mostly by motorcycle covering more than 100,000 km. Come chat with Monty!
In this session we’ll be discussing some of the major themes related to teaching pronunciation and how to easily integrate these topics into the EFL classroom.
For this week’s topic we’ll be discussing a variety of issues relating to the health and happiness of Ukrainians.