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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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31st Anniversary, Worldwide Digital Release, Goodbye Brains

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Dear Backers,

With this week's passing of the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, and the spring holidays, we've been reflecting on the long strange ride of The Babushkas of Chernobyl - the women themselves, and the film that documents their extraordinary lives. 

For the women, this month has meant Easter cakes, and a night of rumbling over the broken roads of the Exclusion Zone in a battered bus to attend midnight mass at the Chernobyl Church's only service of the year. 

For the film, it's meant nearly a hundred festival screenings, wonderful reviews, a heap of awards, and broadcasts in more than a dozen countries around the world.

And as of this week, Worldwide Digital Release - streaming everywhere!

Here's to a future free of nuclear disaster, yet full of the resilience, and love of home & community that the women of the Zone embody. Thanks for your part in helping to preserve and spread their story.

As babushka Maria Shovkuta put it in her spring celebration toast - brandishing what has become an iconic line in the film - "Goodbye brains, see you tomorrow!"

onward - HM

 

 

New York 5.17, Philly 5.22 & last week's Ukrainian Premiere - Inside the Zone

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Hello Backers!

And heads up East Coasters...

NYC: Tomorrow night, Manhattan! The film is playing as part of the Stranger Than Fiction doc series at IFC Center, 7:30  Details: http://stfdocs.com/buy-tickets/#the-babushkas-of-chernobyl

Philadelphia:  Screening just outside Philly, Jenkintown Details: Sunday May 22nd at 2pm - located at the Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center 700 N Cedar Rd, Jenkintown. Details: http://www.ueccphila.org/calendar-of-events/

Last week we had the film's Ukrainian premiere inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone- with the film's central characters. A very emotional experience. See the first report here, on our FB page.  

- Team Babushka

5.16 Chernobyl Zone. Maria, Maria, Valentyna & Hanna (& film team Marina, Eleanor & Holly)
5.16 Chernobyl Zone. Maria, Maria, Valentyna & Hanna (& film team Marina, Eleanor & Holly)

March screenings! Boston/Salem, Prague, D.C. & more....

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Kickstarter supporters! 

The Babushkas Of Chernobyl continues its award-winning festival run with these U.S. and international screenings, Spring 2016.

SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL, Idaho, March 3rd, 7:45pm - TICKETS (dir. Holly Morris in attendance, Q & A) 

SALEM FILM FESTIVAL, Massachusetts, March 5th, 5:45pm - TICKETS (dir. Holly Morris in attendance, Q & A) 

ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, Prague, March 10th, 14th & 16th - TICKETS

D.C. ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, Washington D.C. March 21st, 7:00pm - TICKETS (dir. Holly Morris in attendance, Q & A)

LISTEN TO A RECENT BBC STORY HERE

PREMIERES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON FOR COLORADO, FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA, UTAH, SWEDEN, DENMARK, UKRAINE & KOREA

“​A​ beautiful film​.​​” - George Johnson, The New York Times​ 

“An affectionate, stirring documentary.” - The New York Times- Women In The World 

“A haunting and strangely uplifting documentary.” - The Hollywood Reporter 

“A portrait of a place and its people who are like no other.” - San Francisco Examiner . 

“A haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable.” - The Chicago Tribune 

“Potent, immersive….incredible depth and access.” - Indie Wire 

“A testimony of love, compassion and solidarity.” - Huffington Post 

“A celebration of the triumph of the human spirit.” - Lucid Culture

Thanks Backers. Hope to see you on the road!

Holly with her dad Johnny Morris at recent Siskel Center screenings.
Holly with her dad Johnny Morris at recent Siskel Center screenings.

Chicago Screenings this weekend! Babushkas of Chernobyl

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Hi All - 

Since so many of our Kickstarter supporters are in the Chicagoland area we wanted to post about this weekend's screening at the Gene Siskel Center.  See details below, and today's great coverage in the Chicago Tribune. Holly will be doing Q & A after both screenings; and there's a reception for all after the Sunday 5:00 pm show.  

Happy New Year from Babushka HQ

To get tickets for Jan 16 or Jan 17: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/babushkas

Upcoming Screenings

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