Written by Silva Semerciyan. Directed by Katie Henry
No one should live here. It’s the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the most toxic place on earth. Thirty years ago, reactor four exploded, contaminating the land with nuclear waste forever. The local population was evacuated to Moscow and Kiev. But eighty-four year old Olga returned and dug under a fence to sneak back in. She’s been living here for years. The Russian patrols turn a blind eye. They even bring her pension cheques and protect her from scavengers. Then one day, her nineteen year old granddaughter Alina arrives from Kiev saying that she’s moving in – for good. Motherland examines the fallout from the Soviet era and the unsettling concept of ‘home’.
Images by Alex Sims.