From producer Holly Morris, “The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone or ‘Dead Zone’ is the official 30 km. area that surrounds Reactor No. 4, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident – and a zone that is officially unfit for human habitation. But if you want visit the incredible grandmothers – or ‘babushkas’ – who insisted on returning to their ancestral homes in the Zone, you may want to take a Voltaic solar charger with you.

solar charger in chernobyl
* Photos by Anne Bogart

The crew from the documentary “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” have made several difficult journeys into the heart of this strange dystopian zone to shoot their upcoming film. What they quickly discovered is that infrastructure like electric power sources are few and unreliable. The babushkas who live in isolated and crumbling ghost villages have trouble staying in contact with the outside world. Some of them have families that have provided them with cell phones, but keeping them charged up is difficult. Now 80-year-old Hanna, pictured below, who does not have running water, can use solar energy from her Fuse 4W to make a call to Kiev.”

Learn more about this upcoming documentary by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart at or follow them on Twitter at @babushkasfilm.

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