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An unlikely story of spirit, defiance and beauty from the most contaminated place on Earth
An unlikely story of spirit, defiance and beauty from the most contaminated place on Earth
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World Premiere Announcement!

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World Premiere Announcement!


We are thrilled to announce that The Babushkas of Chernobyl will have its world premiere at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival in the documentary Competition. It is thanks to YOU that we were able to make this film and we are so gratefull for your early support! The LA Film Festival runs from June 10-18 and our film’s screenings will take place in Downtown Los Angeles’ LIVE 's Regal Cinemas:  Sunday, June 14, 11:45am,  &  Wednesday, June 17, 6pm 

We will have additional festival and screening announcements coming soon. Keep an eye on our website and sign up for updates. This is just the beginning of what should be an exciting festival run for the film, and we hope to see you all at a screening. Stay tuned for more info about distribution, downloads & DVDs.

Best wishes, The Babushkas of Chernobyl Team

Film update, Ukraine report & The Stalkers


Hello Babushka backers,

It has been a long journey, but we are happy to report that the film is soon to be out in the world. Since receiving a NEA grant in June, we've finished editing, completed the original score, and have begun submitting to festivals. We expect our premier to be in winter 2015, and will keep you up-to-date on screenings/festivals as they lock in. (You will receive your DVD of the film in early ’15 – at premier time.) Thanks, as always, for your patience and ongoing support. We can’t wait to share the film with you! 

We've been staying in touch with the film's central characters - Hanna, Maria and Valentyna - who seem relatively un-fazed by recent events in Eastern Ukraine.  (The Chernobyl Zone is an area that Putin is likely not interested in!)  That said, there are rumors that construction on the new “sarcophagus” – the vital shelter, costing billions – has stopped. The babushkas, and the entire region, will be at risk should there be a collapse of the current, decrepit shelter covering Reactor No. 4. 

We are revving up awareness regarding the film. To that end, here’s our recent SLATE article about the Stalkers - the young “post-apocalyptic romantics” who enter the Zone illegally and are featured in the film.     Warmly,   Holly & Anne

'Stalkers' who sneak into the Chernobyl Zone - for fun.
'Stalkers' who sneak into the Chernobyl Zone - for fun.

Ukraine under fire & film update


Hello Backers:

It hasn’t been a calm spring in Ukraine. We are following the developments closely and thinking about how it impacts the women in Chernobyl. We got word from Maria, one of the film’s central characters, who said at the height of the Maidan protests:

"I'd rather not see nor hear anything about these bastards! I survived WW2, I saw real German fascists. I was burying fellow villagers with my bare hands. I never thought it could all repeat again. How come that these innocent Ukrainians are dying in the middle of peaceful times?!”

There is a strange, dark feeling that history is repeating itself...

Meanwhile, updates on the film:

  • Breaking news: We just received a generous NEA grant. (Hooray!) See yesterday’s announcement. 
  • We were selected to pitch at the prestigious Hot Docs Forum in Toronto. This is where we hope to find the last finishing funds to complete the film by summer. (Any of you Kickstarter backers who are Toronto-based please give us a holler!) 
  • In the ‘flattered-but-confused’ category, we were featured in a museum exhibit on the subject of 'failure' in the Netherlands. We assume the ‘failure’ refers to Chernobyl, not the film. 
  • A grateful shout-out to the New York State Council on the Arts who also recently provided us a grant. That, along with the support of NEA, Chicken & Egg, and the San Francisco Film Society means we are truly near the finish line. Thanks for your patience & support. 

 - Holly  & Anne and all of Team Babs.

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Holly (L.) & Anne (R.) on location at Chernobyl Zone.
Holly (L.) & Anne (R.) on location at Chernobyl Zone.

CNN, Trailer


Things have been busy for us as we continue to work through the early stages of editing. While we still have a ways to go, we’re excited to give you a look at the film with our first trailer: 

“The Babushkas of Chernobyl” has also been in the news recently, thanks to an interview Holly gave to CNN about the film in the wake of her incredible TED Talk:

As always, we’ll continue to post updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website, so stay tuned for exciting things to come. 

That’s all for now, 

 Holly & Anne