Stay or go after Chernobyl? UCSB student film tells a mother’s story

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Actress Alyona Khmara stars as Masha, a woman who stayed behind in the radiation zone with her newborn baby. Photo courtesy of Mitchka Saberi.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival features one foreign language film directed and produced by UCSB students.

Mother of Chernobyl” is a fictional tale about a very real event: The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster of 1986.

Following the meltdown of the Chernobyl plant, a young Ukrainian mother named Masha has two choices: stay in the only home she knows with her daughter, or flee the radiation zone.




Matt Guilhem


Kathryn Barnes