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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

Sembrich Film Series Presents “The Babushkas of Chernobyl”

Sembrich Film Series Presents “The Babushkas of Chernobyl

—Premiere North Country Screening at Bolton Free Library—

 BOLTON LANDING, NY —  “The Babushkas of Chernobyl,” a 2015 documentary portrait of the women who refused to leave their homes following the infamous1986 nuclear disaster, receives its North Country premiere on Monday, August 8th at 7:30 pm at Bolton Free Library. The screening, a presentation by the Sembrich Opera Museum, is open to the public free-of-charge.

In 2010, a CNN report on the 25th anniversary of the accident brought film-maker Holly Morris to Ukraine.  While working on location in Chernobyl, Morris noticed, in the distance, smoke rising from the chimney of a distant farmhouse.

“Who can be living there?” she asked.  Thus began film-maker Morris’ exploration of the residents of Chernobyl‘s “dead zone” and a film that the Hollywood Reporter called “a haunting and strangely uplifting documentary.”

“The women in the zone, now in their 70’s and 80’s, are the last survivors of a group that defied authority and, seemingly, common sense,” says Morris, “and returned to their ancestral homes inside the zone.”

“The Babushkas of Chernobyl” is described by Morris as “a remarkable tale about the pull of home” and “the healing power of shaping one’s destiny.”

The film represents, according to Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo, “an ongoing commitment to Polish and Ukrainian culture, both past and present.”

“The Babushkas of Chernobyl” premiered at the Los Angeles International Film Festival in June of 2015 and since then has played at various festivals around the world.

“This Bolton screening marks the first showing of the film in our region of the state,” says Wargo.

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