A film by Thomas Johnson
On April 26, 1986, a 1,000 feet high flame rises into the sky of the Ukraine. The fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant just exploded. A battle begins in which 500,000 men are engaged throughout the Soviet Union to "liquidate" the radioactivity, build the "sarcophagus" of the damaged reactor and save the world from a second explosion that would have destroyed half of Europe. Become a reference film, this documentary combines testimonials and unseen footage, tells for the first time the Battle of Chernobyl.
Produced by Play Film _ for Discovery Networks International with the participation of France 3 / of the National Center of Cinematography (CNC) / With the support of the European Union MEDIA Program, the Procirep and Angoa / Co produced by Corbis Sygma._
© M Way Films / Discovery Communications Inc / Corbis Sygma - 2006
"Truly powerful and moving... contains an impressive amount of incredibly powerful and valuable archival information, as well as some revealing interviews."— Vitaly Cheernetsky, KinoKultura: New Russian Cinema
"An epic documentary."— Variety
"Powerful... an important film... Because so much of the story has been forgotten or concealed, the film's momentum never flags."— American Society for Environmental History Newsletter
"A mind boggling piece of work... peerless... painstakingly researched... This documentary has earned the highest recommendation for its clarity, its persistent revelations, and comprehensive examination of this dismal crisis." — Michael J. Coffta, Educational Media Reviews Online
French Version : DVD release in France, Belgium and Switzerland
English version : No official release yet.
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