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From Chechnya to Chernobyl -Short Version


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1997
Available in French: No

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled wars and political turmoil in Chechnya, Tajikistan, Georgia, and Azerbaijan in order to find peace in the radioactive pastures surrounding Chernobyl. The tiny, little known country of Belarus has suffered more than any other in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Winds scattered the heaviest radioactive deposits across the country, where, even after a decade, 25% of the land is judged uninhabitable. Thousands of villages and towns were abandoned or evacuated, and their populations resettled to safer areas. When Russian filmmaker Slawomir Gr├╝nberg heard that local governments were encouraging people to resettle the irradiated villages, he decided to go there with his camera.

Awards: Grand Prize, Ekofilm, Cesky Krumlov; CINE Golden Eagle; Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition; Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival; Coup de Coeur Award, Grenoble Environmental Film Festival; Prize of Independent Economic Forum, EKOTOPFILM, Slovakia; Finalist, New York Exposition of Short Film and Video; Honorable Mention, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Competition

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