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After the reactor exploded at the Chornobyl plant in 1986, the authorities evacuated 130,000 people from all villages within 30 kilometers of the disaster site. The radioactively contaminated area was dubbed the Exclusion Zone, and officially nobody is supposed to live there.

But as Morris discovered, around 100 elderly women have returned to the zone over the years, the yearning for their homes overriding their fear of radioactivity.

Her documentary, entitled “Babushkas of Chornobyl,” tells the story of three of these woman in particular — Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Shovkuta and Valentyna Sachenok – who live in the villages of Kupovate, Opachichi, and Teremtsi in the exclusion zone.

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