April 03, 2017

The Documentary Film & Discussion Series: April

Documentary Film & Discussion Series

The Documentary Film & Discussion Series meets at the Ashland Library, Community Room, every 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00–9:00 pm. The moderated discussions are often lively and thought provoking. All points of view are welcome. Admission is free. The films are sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library. For more information, call the library at 508-881-0134, or visit

“Chernobyl Children: Cuba's Medical Response”
Thursday, April 13, 7:00–9:00 pm

This showing was rescheduled from March due to snow. This documentary, in Spanish with English subtitles, describes Cuba’s medical response to the Chernobyl nuclear accident. In 1986 Cuba sent a team of physicians to the Ukraine immediately following the accident. Those doctors recommended establishing a medical program in Cuba where longer term treatment and complex surgeries could be performed. During the 30 years since the accident Cuba’s program has treated more than 30,000 children. Chernobyl children suffer horrible deformities and diseases. The tragedy for children of Chernobyl continues to this day as does Cuba’s response. In the film, we hear Cuban doctors who speak about the immense enrichment to their personal lives from participation in the program. The film challenges us to comprehend the Cuban’s consciousness or mindset and compare it to our own.

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