Did you know that Cuban doctors helped save Chernobyl’s children? Watch this webinar to know more

Did you know that Cuban doctors helped save Chernobyl’s children? See the deeply moving Cuban feature film A Translator (Un Traductor) that tells their story, available beginning Friday, July 10, for virtual screening with English subtitles.

On Tuesday, July 21, at 5:00pm EDT, join the directors and further experts for a live discussion via Zoom Webinar. Cuban brothers Sebastián and Rodrigo Barriuso, directors of the award-winning drama, will be in conversation with Dr. Kate Brown, professor and author of Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange.

The virtual screening link will only be distributed to guests who have registered for the Zoom Webinar. We will only send the Zoom Webinar link to guests who have RSVP’d to this Eventbrite page. The registration process is: Eventbrite > Zoom > Screening Link. This multi-layered registration approach is for security purposes. We thank you for your cooperation!

Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cuba-chernobyl-and-covid-film-screening-of-a-translator-and-discussion-tickets-112884729264

Please also note: while the Zoom Webinar is accessible to all guests who can use Zoom in their respective countries, the virtual screening link is active in the USA and Canada only. Guests from outside the USA and Canada are welcome to participate in the Webinar anyway, and may stream the film through platforms like iTunes and Amazon. We appreciate your understanding.

Another note: For anyone unfamiliar with the format of this event, and to avoid any confusion, we would like to clarify that the event on July 21st will not involve a screening of the film. Registered participants are expected to watch the film on Vimeo anytime beforehand. :-)

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 true story of a Cuban professor of Russian, who finds himself ordered to translate for those young “patients from Chernobyl” and their families. At first reluctant, he gradually becomes totally committed to their wellbeing, but at a price.

Dr. 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 is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

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

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