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70 minutes · 2015

You'd have to be pretty jaded not to fall for the irrepressible subjects of this stirring documentary, a group of elderly Ukrainian women who survived the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986. After the accident, a 19-mile radius around the plant was evacuated and declared forever off-limits; the majority of residents never returned, but about a hundred hardy women sneaked back into their homes, where authorities have let them stay, figuring they'll die of old age before they succumb to radiation poisoning. Though the women's health is monitored regularly, they're preoccupied most with food, whether farmed, fished, or scavenged from a nearby forest. Jovial and outspoken, they stubbornly maintain their high spirits, buoyed partly by homemade hooch but mainly by their faith in Christ and their own self-sufficiency. Holly Morris and Anne Bogart (PBS's Globe Trekker) directed. In English and subtitled Ukrainian.

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