Mothers of the Revolution: The Women Who Ended the Cold War

Mothers of the Revolution: The Women Who Ended the Cold War

On September 5th 1981 a group of women came together to change the world. These women marched from Wales to Berkshire to protest nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common, a British airbase.

Feature-length documentary Mothers of the Revolution (2021) tells the true story of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and how it helped to bring the Cold War to an end. Between 1981 and 2000, in one of the longest protests in history, thousands of women from around the world came together at Greenham Common to take a committed stand against nuclear proliferation. 

Joining us is a subject of the documentary, Olga Medvedkov. A peace activist in Soviet Russia along with her husband Yuri, Olga faced severe persecution, partly for her friendship with the Greenham Common Women. Olga explains how she was introduced to the Greenham Common Women and the role they may have had in the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

“You live in an Orwellian society, of course you can comply and 99% do because it’s dangerous, but 1% doesn’t, and we belonged to that one tiny percent.” – Olga Medvedkov

Time Stamps:

00:40 – The trailer for The Mothers of the Revolution.
04:13 – Who the Greenham Common Women were and how Olga got involved with them.
11:46 – What motivated Olga to go against the Kremlin.
13:35 – How Olga got in touch with the Greenham Common Women.
20:49 – Getting arrested and the time Olga spent in jail.
29:40 – Olga’s views on what the Greenham Common Women achieved.
37:00 – The lack of hope Olga has for Russia’s future.
38:22 – The concerns of a nuclear crisis starting between America and China.
41:24 – The dangers of the division that is happening in America.
44:50 – What it’s like seeing yourself in a movie.  

Resources:

Mothers of the Revolution (2021)
MovieMaker Magazine
Innersound Audio
Alamo Pictures

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