In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, 350,000 people were presented with the heart-rending decision: to stay in their homes and risk exposure to radiation, or to uproot their lives and move away. The overwhelming majority left. But in today’s powerful talk, Holly Morris introduces us to a group of elderly women who returned to […]Continue reading
Why you should listen
Holly Morris is an explorer, and she wants to take us with her. As a filmmaker and correspondent for television programs including Globe Trekker and National Geographic Explorer, Morris has lassoed reindeer in northern Norway, entered a camel race in Niger’s Sahara, investigated Iran's illegal caviar trade and sought out Cubas's Black Panthers in hiding (and much more).
In her book and PBS series, Adventure Divas, Morris chronicles her transition from working a desk job in publishing to being a globetrotting journalist bent on telling the stories of heroines around the world.
Her new documentary, The Babushkas of Chernobyl, is about the some 200 people, mostly elderly women, who still live in the Exclusion Zone in Ukraine where the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986. One of Morris’s main questions is: “How is it that the pull of motherland was so strong that it made you return to some of the most contaminated land on earth?”
What others say
“Morris's account of her experience is a delightful triangulation of adventure travel, telecommuting and self-reinvention that proves it does not, in fact, take a rocket scientist to achieve personal flight.” — The New York Times
Holly Morris’ TED talk
A story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and Fukushima
If your home had been devastated by a disaster, would you stay? Why do people choose to remain in potentially life-threatening places? These are just a few of the complex questions that photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart and filmmaker Holly Morris explore in their respective work, documenting the lives of people living in Chernobyl and Fukushima. […]Continue reading
Holly Morris tells the stories of women through documentary, television, print and the web. One story she certainly didn’t expect stemmed from a reporting trip to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. She just wanted to get out of the contaminated zone as quickly as possible … and then she […]Continue reading