The Real Chernobyl

The Real Chernobyl

2019, History  -   8 Comments
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On the heels of the wildly successful Sky Atlantic/HBO dramatic series Chernobyl comes the powerful companion documentary The Real Chernobyl. The film introduces us to the real-life figures portrayed in the narrative series, and offers their haunting first-person accounts.

On April 26, 1986, an explosion rocked reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. Mass amounts of damaging radioactive materials ballooned and swept across the region, leading to mass evacuations, a string of agonizing deaths, and incalculable health-related issues for well over 100,000 citizens. The event stands as the worst nuclear accident in history, and Mikhail Gorbachev credits the catastrophe for the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.

One of the film's main interview subjects is Sergei Parashin, the Deputy Director of the plant at the time of the explosion. In a sorrowful, matter-of-fact manner, he testifies to the sense of helplessness and chaos that characterized the days and weeks following this event. In his view, the defects and design flaws were known among physicists associated with the plant, but the personnel on duty that night were too ill informed to properly manage the situation.

Other witnesses from safety directors to truck drivers to ambulatory transport also weigh in with their recollections. They speak to the resolve of first responders as they braved threats both immediate and invisible. We're presented with the recollections of helicopter pilots who attempted to secure themselves as they flew into the eye of the radioactive clouds. We hear the survivors from that terrible day, and those who have lost loved ones from related illnesses in the decades since. The cameras roam through the area as it exists today, including an eerily deserted and disintegrated children's play area.

Through these interviews and wealth of archived footage, we are taken through each step of the crisis step by agonizing step. Interspersed throughout the documentary are clips from the hit series, which provides a sense of context for those who are otherwise unfamiliar with this dark period of history.

The Real Chernobyl is a thorough and deeply personal account of one of history's most horrific disasters.

Directed by: Stephanie DeGroote

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2 years ago

Great, but would like to see more in depth details from start of the issue,meltdown and more about stopping the core from burning through. But awesome and informative

3 years ago

Weird name for a documentary that mostly corroborates the Chernobyl series. I was expecting a critical take on the stablished western narrative about the failures and corruptions of the USSR, but its just another doc surfing on the most recent trending apocaliptical movie without having to add very much.

Steven J Hopkins
3 years ago

We went to the Chernobyl Museum in the Ukraine, and for $100 you could go to Pripyat for 20 minutes, wearing a Geiger counter ... We refused, as everyone else in our tour group. I watched the documentary at the museum, and was astonished with the articles of clothing and toys (decontaminated, of course) that were displayed, which put things into perspective on the perils of the citizens at that time.

3 years ago

Documentary was done with respect and honors those who saved the lives of many

3 years ago

I remember this of course , the only problem we seemed to have was we couldn't eat lamb from North Wales because of contamination on the mountains , a small price for us , thank God.
There is life after death because "He is not God of the dead but of the living". Luke 29 v 38.
God bless them and thank you so much , from England.
I'm sure we will meet again some day.

3 years ago

A great documentary that you should watch.

3 years ago

Most excellent!thank you.....and pray for peace

3 years ago

Would really like to know the truth. People were very ingnoant about there jobs and the story told. This is about human life and the biggest disaster of the world. May peace be with their souls ?