The spring premiere of “Chernobyl”, the successful HBO miniseries, has returned the theme of the nuclear disaster of that Ukrainian city to the center of public debate.
Here at Guidedoc we think that this is the best time to present three poignant documentaries about Chernobyl, a tragedy whose wounds are still beating in many lives that cry out for justice.
16 years after the Chernobyl accident, the filmmaker Maryann De Leo returns to the so-called "Exclusion Zone", a space of 30 square kilometers around the ruins of the nuclear power plant where there were a series of explosions that let out the deadly radiation that affected hundreds of thousands of people in 1986.
Directly on the ground, De Leo confirms what the scientists say: that the effects of radiation and the genetic damage continue to increase every year.
In this Oscar-winning short film we become witnesses of striking images, such as the deformities in the bodies of children under five years of age and the effects from which the young people from the area continue suffering today.
The Russian Woodpecker
Was Chernobyl really an accident? In this award-winning documentary film, we are participants in the dizzying research carried out by the Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich to discover the possible implication in the Chernobyl disaster of a strange radio signal that was heard between 1976 and 1989, the so called "Russian Woodpecker".
Guided by the filmmaker Chad Gracia himself, the film develops as a fascinating and credible conspiracy theory that points to the Soviet authorities of that time, whom they accuse of propitiating the disaster with fearsome purposes.
Chernobyl: Two days in the exclusion zone
For those who want to know more in detail about the current state of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, this episode of the travel documentary series by filmmaker Drew Scanlon is what you were looking for.
Almost like in a video game, Scanlon's visit to the Exclusion Zone is filmed in the first person with its own video camera, a very close and immersive point of view that makes us see more closely the textures and emotional grooves that still emanate from the ruins of the greatest nuclear accident in history.
In addition, the documentary also features Natalya, the young and eloquent tour guide for the area. In the first minutes of documentary she warns us: "Those particles that are still present in different parts of the exclusion zone are safe for us if they are outside, but if they get into our bodies, then that might cause problems".
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