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Summary

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 was the biggest technological accident in human history. Thirty-five years later cameras go back to ground zero, to the ghost city of Pripyat in Ukraine, with survivors of the disaster. Featuring stunning, previously unseen archival materials they kept hidden in their homes, this visual, suspenseful and emotional documentary tells the small intimate stories behind a great historical drama.

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Review

The award-winning drama Chernobyl did a superb job of re-creating the chaos following the 1986 disaster at the Ukrainian nuclear plant, but there’s nothing quite like listening to the survivors recalling their experiences, 35 
years on. Like the woman who was evacuated as a child, told not to pack much as she’d only be away for four days, who returns now to gaze blankly at the trees and derelict buildings she once knew so well. Or the doctor remembering the dozens of abortions she was obliged to carry out. Or the mind-numbing heroics of those involved in neutralising the damage. “There was no time to think, let alone regret it,” says one. It’s atmospheric, and deeply moving.

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