The Babushkas of Chernobyl

U.S. journalists working on a documentary film about the women living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Film about Chernobyl “squatters”, people who have returned on their own to the exclusion zone after the evacuation, a project of Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, which they carried away after in 2010 were in the exclusion zone. During the visit, they were deeply shocked by the fact that in the Chernobyl zone inhabited by people and most of them – are women.
Most returned to the Chernobyl zone of men by age and illness, died today, elderly women living alone in private homes of Chernobyl and abandoned villages. Women are their own farmlands.


Residents of the Chernobyl exclusion zone

It is noteworthy that while working on the film were impressed by the hospitality of American Chernobyl grandparents – they are often treated to a meal of vegetables and fruits grown in the Chernobyl zone. I suggest to try soup from Chernobyl mushrooms. Hospitable grandmother offered to taste even a “nuclear” moonshine (popular radioprotection agent in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.)
American women were shocked by the procedure cuts the domestic pig, which raised grandmother Hanna Zavorotnev squatters. 78 year old Hannah quickly and efficiently, using a large knife, cut on their eyes pet. Perhaps the scene is one of the most effective for the Western audience …


Traditions of the Chernobyl’s livestock

No less impressive looks dead falcon stretched wire near the hen house to intimidate neighbors who hunt fowl. According to Hanna, the falcon flew and took her chickens, so she killed him with a stick …

chernobyl squatters

Bird of prey as a scarecrow on a farmstead squatters

«The Babushkas of Chernobyl»

The film is well named «The Babushkas of Chernobyl» – Grandma Chernobyl. Authors of the film is to collect money to complete their work. They have already collected 22 thousand dollars of the 27 needed. By the way, to raise funds, they use a special online service through which anyone can help in making the film (

Unfortunately, the collection of money is not as fast as might be desired, and Holly Ann. They are very worried that the heroine of the film can not live up to the shooting, because these people are already old – the average age is 70 years. The annual number of squatters is reduced by 30-40 people.

Short video «The Babushkas of Chernobyl»

Photo grandmothers Chernobyl exclusion zone

Grandmothers Chernobyl exclusion zone



A resident of the Chernobyl exclusion zone

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