During the Soviet era, the people of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan were used as human guinea pigs in the testing of nuclear weapons. Today they live with the consequences: sheep graze in radioactive giant bomb craters and one in twenty children are born with birth defects. Dr Toleukhan Nurmagambetov, the boss of the city’s maternity clinic, wants to introduce a genetic passport which will prevent those with suspect genes from giving birth. Bibigul Balargazinova – a local woman from the test-site – is pregnant and her “defected and frightful” face arouses the suspicion of local medical staff. Nurmagambetov labels her a genetic failure. He implores Bibigul to get tested and abort the child who he fears will be born disabled, but Bibigul refuses to give up her dream of becoming a mother.
The World Premiere of AFTER THE APOCALYPSE will be at the Prince Charles Cinema, followed by a Q&A with key Genetic and Ethical specialists - Baroness Helena Kennedy, the former Head of the Human Genetics Commission; Professor Yuri Dubrova - Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester and Steve Wilkinson - Professor of Medical Ethics at Keele University.
AFTER THE APOCALYPSE featured at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 2010, will screen at HotDocs Film Festival 5th and 6th May and is nominated for the One World Media Awards 2011 for Best Documentary."