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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
415 backers pledged $40,594 to help bring this project to life.


Hello Baba-lonians!

Wow. Thanks so much for your support! We really appreciate all your messages & belief in the babushkas. This documentary will give voice to people rarely heard from; women who, despite living through a full serving of tragedy over the decades, have chosen their ancestral homeland and a spirit of self-determination above all else. 

All within the context of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

YOU are helping us bring this crucial, fascinating story to the world. Thank you for your generous pledges. The campaign is getting traction. Have a look at today’s Voice of America story about the project (just out, link below, in Russian.)
     We carry on. Please help spread the word about this project, far and wide. We can make this happen together!

With much gratitude,

Holly & Anne (& the entire Babushkas of Chernobyl team)


“Shoot us and dig the grave, otherwise we’re staying.”     -Hanna Zavorotnya, to soldiers months after the nuclear accident in 1986

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    1. Creator Bill & Kay Derrick on September 22, 2012

      Dear Holly & Anne

      Over a period of 8 years, we have been taking various young girls, ages 8 to 12, from Gomel for a month to France so they can escape, at least once in their life, the fallout from Chernobyl. This involvement is our reason for supporting your important work. This story needs to be and why people and their families can live in a dead zone in such poverty with the lack of medical attention. We are with you in this project and hope you are able to meet your goal.

    2. Creator Voodoo Politics on September 21, 2012

      Interesting that the Russian transcript uses the word "samoposelentsi" which is actually the Ukrainian word for "self-settlers". The Russian word for it is "samosels". But kudos for getting the media coverage!