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A story of 3 unlikely heroines from the most toxic place on Earth…..
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of babushkas cultivates an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. But Hanna, Maria and Valentyna, the film’s central characters, aren’t the only risk-takers in the dystopic Zone: Scientists, bureaucrats and even young men called “Stalkers”–who illegally sneak in to pursue their post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies–seek out the isolated women. Why Hanna, Maria and Valentyna 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.