"The Babushkas of Chernobyl" Screening

Thursday, Apr, 20 2017 — 4:30 PM
At: Gailor Auditorium

Come to a screening of the documentary about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster: "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" (dir. Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, 2015), followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Yuliya Ladygina, 4:30 p.m., Gailor Auditorium. This event is in conjunction with the Mellon Globalization Forum's 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: "A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Perspectives".  You may download the full Conference Program: "A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Perspectives"

"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." Source:

Critical reception:
“A haunting and strangely uplifting documentary.”- The Hollywood Reporter
“A beautiful affectionate, stirring documentary.”- The New York Times
“Provocative, powerful, poignant, and frankly, unforgettable.”- The Chicago Tribune


The conference “A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Identities” and associated events have been co-organized by the Mellon Globalization Forum, International and Global Studies Program, Office of Global Citizenship, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The organizing committee includes Justyna Beinek (International and Global Studies and Russian), Nicholas Roberts (History and International and Global Studies), Kelly Whitmer (History), and Scott Wilson (Politics). We extend special thanks to Sara Nimis, Print Services, Megan Roberts, and Helen Stapleton. Images in the conference materials courtesy of Pradip Malde and Brock Gordon. All events are free and open to the public.



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