Running Time: 73 minutes
Russian with English Subtitles
"Documents the nuclear disaster with candor and honesty."
"Chernobyl shows the disaster itself. What appears on film looks like the set of a science fiction horror movie: a lifeless town, empty villages, a dead forest."
- Prof. Andrew Horton, Loyola University; Author, Zero Hour
"Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks... epitomized the Gorbachev policy inaugurated in the mid-1980's -- glasnost, or openness. Years earlier the Soviet Union would have gone to great lengths to deny or conceal any nuclear catastrophe. This time Soviet cameramen were quickly at work. Gorbachev's television announcement of the disaster became the opening of the film."
- Prof. Erik Barnouw, Columbia University
Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks, 54 min.
This film is the definitive record of the immediate aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the heroic and horrifying attempts to clean up. Vladimir Shevchenko's Russian film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear disaster in world history.
The film crew shot continuously for more than 3 months, documenting the disaster's impact on the local population and the harrowing cleanup efforts, including the effort to cover the core with concrete and lead.
Radiation levels were so high that parts of the film were marked with white blotches from radiation. Shevchenko died from radiation exposure before the film was released.
A Ukrainian newspaper called Shevchenko an "outstanding man, who gave his life so that we and our descendants could see with our own eyes all the horror and depth of the Chernobyl tragedy."
The Bam Zone, 19 min.
The uncompleted Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Railroad in Siberia is a powerful symbol of the stagnation of the Brezhnev years.
The Glasnost Film Festival is a 12-video collection featuring 22 Soviet documentary films produced in the "Glasnost Era." All were produced originally on 35mm film and are subtitled in English.