Sun 22 Nov – 20:20
Mon 23 Nov – 15:40
Tue 24 Nov – 12:00
Wed 25 Nov – 18:10
Thu 26 Nov – 12:00
The Bertha DocHouse Screen, Curzon Bloomsbury
The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
Price: £9 (£7 CONCESSIONS) / OFF PEAK £5 Book here
Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was just four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the catastrophe – why did it actually happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? And, most importantly, what did this all have to do with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away 2 miles from the disaster site: a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed “the Russian Woodpecker” for the strange, constant clicking radio frequencies that it emits? Chad Gracia’s documentary plays out like a conspiracy thriller, following Fedor as he returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers – and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine’s emerging revolution and war.
Text & photos by Anna Morgan, Manager, Ukrainian Events in London Edited by Darya Malyutina Last night, 7 June 2017, for just one hour the Ukrainian Institute in London took us back in time and showed how Kyiv looked like in spring of...