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Dear Friends,

In the midst of mourning and reflecting on the recent tragedies in Boston and Texas, and all over the world including war-torn Syria and Congo, another earthquake in China, and as I am writing this, a building collapse in Bangladesh, we still need to be mindful of yet another cataclysmic event —the Chornobyl nuclear disaster of April 26,1986. It was and still remains the worst nuclear accident in the world.

After 27 years, the extremely damaged nuclear reactor is only now being repaired with a new roof. Over the years, immense and deadly radioactive fall-out continued to harm generations of people and the environment throughout the entire planet because of a porous roof that could not—and still cannot—contain harmful radioactivity. Over 125,000 died from Chornobyl’s after-effects, and many are still suffering. Please take a moment to remember the victims-- past and present-- on this somber anniversary.

In January, 2013, I spent a month in Kyiv, Ukraine as an IREXScholar to continue filming Chornobyl survivors for our documentary in production, LIFE IN THE DEAD ZONE. Below is the link of my report submitted to theIREX website about my research, recent film shoots, and perspectives on the continuous health and environmental problems from the ever-present Chornobyl catastrophe:

http://irex.org/resource/chornobyl%E2%80%99s-continuous-impact-ukraine%E2%80%99s-survivors-testify-health-and-environmental-issues-r

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. I am deeply grateful for their support.

As we move on to the next phase of our documentary film production, donations are still needed, appreciated and welcomed in any amount. Please consider making a tax deductible donation via Paypal on our website at www.lifeinthedeadzone.com

Or donate with a check made out to: Awakening Art & Culture, and send to:

Wheat Street Productions, Inc. 329 Lake McCoy Drive, Apopka, FL 32712.

We will post your name on our website and on the film credits unless you prefer to remain anonymous. Thank you in advance for your generosity and ongoing support in helping us--through our film--bring global awareness ofChornobyl's continuous dangerous impact.

Peace,

Irene Zabytko, Producer, Co-Director And the Film Crew at Wheat Street Productions, Inc.

WHEAT STREET PRODUCTIONS, INC. IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
“EPIPHANY AT CHORNOBYL” ON VIMEO

Co-Directed by Irene Zabytko and Peter Mychalcewycz
Music composed by Mariana Sadovksa, Performed by Kitka: Women's Vocal Ensemble
Our highly acclaimed, award winning film short (based on footage from LIFE IN THE DEAD ZONE, our full length documentary-in-progress) .

For more information about EPIPHANY AT CHORNOBYL and to learn more about the fabulous music please go to Irene Zabytko's blog on this page.


OTHER RECENT NEWS:

IRENE was awarded an IREX Short-Term Travel Grant (STG) to collect archival media footage in Kyiv, January-February 2013 for LIFE IN THE DEAD ZONE. The IREX STG Program supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct independent or collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (www.irex.org)

IRENE'S' novel THE SKY UNWASHED (on which LIFE IN THE DEAD ZONE is based) is now an e-book and available on all platforms via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books etc., or directly from the publisher at: http://www.workman.com/products/9781616202439/

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Wheat Street Productions, Inc. 329 Lake McCoy Drive, Apopka, FL 32712.
All donors will be mentioned on our website and on the film credits.

THANK YOU!    DIAKUYU!
Irene Zabytko, Producer, Co-Director, Writer


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