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Cuban doctors helped save Chernobyl’s children in ‘Un Traductor’ | Beyond Nuclear

See the deeply moving feature film, Un Traductor, that tells their story and join the directors and experts for a live discussion

What: Screen A Translator (Un Traductor) (2018), free at home anytime, then join a moderated discussion with the film’s Cuban directors, Sebastián and Rodrigo Barriuso; Kate Brown, author of Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future; and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink.

When: July 21, 2020, 5.00 PM-6:30PM (Eastern US time)

To join: Please reply to the Eventbrite invitation at this link.

Note: You must register via the zoom link you receive when you RSVP to Eventbrite. The Eventbrite RSVP alone does not get you access to the event. After you RSVP to Eventbrite you will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link to register for the event. Once registered, check your email again for the free link to watch the film. These steps are necessary for security reasons and to protect the film rights. Thank you for bearing with them! (Unfortunately, the film link is only available to viewers in the U.S. and Canada. For those elsewhere, please check other streaming services for rental or purchase options.)

The story: Today, Cuban doctors are traveling the world helping treat victims of COVID-19. But few know that in late 1989, Cuba began a free, 21-year effort to save the children of Chernobyl, treating them at a special hospital just outside Havana. Un Traductor tells the emotional story of a Cuban professor of Russian who finds himself ordered to translate for the “patients from Chernobyl,” and their families. At first reluctant, he gradually becomes totally committed to their wellbeing, but at a price.

Kate Brown‘s landmark book, painstakingly researched but written almost like a thriller, uncovers the secrets and myths that downplayed the devastating health consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Medea Benjamin and Code Pink are leading a chorus of voices urging the Nobel Committee to award its Peace Prize to the Cuban medical teams for their heroic efforts in 27 countries to treat COVID-19 patients, along with their prior healthcare campaigns in West Africa and Haiti.

The event will feature interviews and discussions with the guests followed by questions and answers from the audience. It is co-hosted by Linda Pentz Gunter (Beyond Nuclear), Raleigh Joyner (Goethe-Institut DC) and Nora Löhle (Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Washington, DC).


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