WATERVILLE — The Maine Film Center will show “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square.

In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers — scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’ — young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. Unrated. 70 minutes.

Tickets cost $8.

For more information, visit www.railroadsquarecinema.com, www.mainefilmcenter.org, or call 873-6526.

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