Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 11, 2012.

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      Creator Irene Grochola on March 9, 2013

      I just respect and honor what you have done. Congratulations on such a wonderful project. God Bless you and all the Babushkas for your endeavors and accomplishments. God help these women...may their prayers be answered. Irena

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      Creator Lydia Lodynsky on October 24, 2012

      Holly/Anne - we are all thrilled about your project, and look forward to viewing it. CONGRATULATIONS! I just had a thought the other day - and if you are open to feedback & requests, I have one for you: do you think you could include some info in your documentary on the animals/pets you encounter? The Fukushima animals have had lots of media coverage and rescue missions, but I heard nothing similar from Chernobyl. We all know of the tremendous psychological benefits from pet ownership and communion with wildlife; I am sure the Babushkas could relate :) ....Cheers!

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      Creator Robin Lung on October 10, 2012

      Congratulations, Holly and Anne: Both your efforts in bringing this story to light and your success in getting others to see your vision through Kickstarter is so inspiring to me a I begin the 2nd week of my own Kickstarter campaign for FINDING KUKAN - another documentary about bringing a lost story (and a lost Oscar-winning film to light). aloha, Robin

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      Creator Tom Hickerson on October 7, 2012

      So glad to hear you made your goal, and are starting to reach 'stretch goals' to make the film even better! Let us know if you are able to swing through Kharkiv during your travels to Ukraine, we'd love to meet you! Good luck!

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      Creator Holly Morris and Anne Bogart on October 6, 2012

      Thanks to all for your encouraging comments! ! So appreciated. Cleared one hurdle onto the next. Pushing through these last 5 days. http://kck.st/OeaH9J onward, Anne & Holly

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      Creator Tanya Singura Soltys on October 4, 2012

      So happy to see your goal has been met!! Woohoo! Can't wait to see the final project! Congrats!

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      Creator Holly Morris and Anne Bogart on October 3, 2012

      I remember your mom well - her strength and her stories of homeland. Thank you so much for supporting the project. We'll do our best to make a great film - worthy of the strong, special Ukrainian women it features! - Holly

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      Creator Myra Nalywajko on October 2, 2012

      Holly I am gladly supporting this, and wish you all the best! My parents and my husband's were all born in Ukraine. I don't know if you'd remember my mom Stephanie (she knew your mom yrs ago), because she'd be very proud of you for doing this. Dyakuyu! Thank you!

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      Creator Sarah on October 1, 2012

      Congratulations!

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      Creator Connie Butler on September 24, 2012

      oops this was previous comment actually by Adam Butler

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      Creator Connie Butler on September 24, 2012

      This truely is important work. Altho i cannot help with monies i can advertise this and its need to be public this is an incredable story and the time is now maybe to give some hope to Japan as well that humans can survive these type of disasters as well as maybe it can educate the next generation to find an alternative to nuclear energy

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      Creator Mary Mycio on September 19, 2012

      I met many of these women writing my book "Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl". It is about time that someone does a documentary about them. They don't live in a radioactive zone because they have good stories to tell. But they are important stories. Fingers crossed for you to reach your goal!

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      Creator Sarah on September 14, 2012

      This should be an amazing story to get out to the world. I'm so curious to know more about how they decided to return, if their families stay in touch and how they're surviving compared to those who were displaced? Sounds like a great story of community and "tough as nails" women never giving up. Can't wait to see it. Kicking up my initial contribution!

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    CHERNOBYL MEMENTO A keychain with radiation symbol from the Chernobyl Canteen (a store that services Zone workers); plus DVD of the completed doc; on-location postcard & Honor Roll of thanks...

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    SOVIET GEIGER COUNTER-PEN A "pen dosimeter" just like those used in 1986. A DVD of the COMPLETED FILM; our genuine thanks, updates, the babushka image - all beamed from location in Ukraine.

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    MOONSHINE RECIPE (SAMOHONKA): Homemade moonshine is the original artisanal spirit. This reward gets you, direct from a baba, a family recipe for hand made Ukrainian moonshine, in both Cyryllic and English. Na Zdorovlya! PLUS, a DVD of the documentary signed by the filmmakers, and ALL rewards from previous levels.

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK A gorgeous, haunting limited edition “Road to Chernobyl” 8"x10" print signed by award-winning fine art photographer Chris Friel who was on our first shoot with us; PLUS ALL REWARDS from previous levels, and our vast appreciation for your being a part of this project.

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    MATRYOSHKA (Russian Nesting Doll) An authentic wooden nesting doll hand-painted on location - a process captured by our cameras - outside Kyiv; a copy of the completed documentary signed by the filmmakers, and ALL rewards from previous levels. Heartfelt thanks.

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    BE A BABUSHKA: A colorful, authentic cotton "Babushka" scarf from a tiny Ukrainian village that is a favorite babs shopping spot; a signed copy of Holly's book about women around the world, ADVENTURE DIVAS: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine; plus ALL REWARDS from previous levels - canteen keychain, secret moonshine recipe, film credit, matryoshka doll & signed DVD of the film....in short, the MOTHERLODE!!

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    PREMIER & DINNER W/FILMMAKERS In addition to 2 tix to LA/CHICAGO/NYC premier (or any other screenings) Holly and Anne will host you and a friend for an authentic Ukrainian dinner* with all the vodka and dumplings you can take* PLUS ALL REWARDS from previous levels, & a big high-five for stepping up to preserve this story. *New York, Los Angeles, Chicago locations only.

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    GROUP BACKER REWARD/EVENT Designed for groups that want to back this documentary, and be associated with this important story. Your organization will receive a producer credit on the film and one or both filmmakers will do a screening and Q & A event for your organization, anywhere in the U. S. We will provide dumplings for 100 people!

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    PRODUCER CREDIT On-screen Producer credit; Guest List for 2 to any event of your choice: film festival screening, special premiere nights, or private screening including all pre-or after-events, on our calendar anywhere in the U.S. AND/OR Private screening with one or both filmmakers and Q & A in NY, CHICAGO or LA (We will bring varenyky for 25!) Plus ALL rewards from previous levels.

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