After the Apocalypse

Antony Butts
| UK
| 2011
| 65 min

After the Apocalypse shows, in heart breaking clarity, the effect of massive radiation on a community. Soviet testing in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, led to widespread birth defects in the population, which continue to be passed onto newborn children. Director Anthony Butts follows a pregnant woman Bibigul and a doctor, Nurmagambetov. Bibigul, who despite potentially carrying ‘defective’ genetics wants to deliver her baby. Dr Nurmagambetov, on the other hand, would like to see women like Bibigul banned from having children to avoid future generations born disabled or ‘disfigured’. Amidst the stunning images and emotive encounters, the film ultimately leaves audiences wondering; will medicine help or punish the victims After the Apocalypse?

Antony Butts
Antony Butts, Natasha Dack, Sarah Tierney
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