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This Academy Award-winning documentary takes a look at children born after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster who have been born with a deteriorated heart condition.

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Maryann DeLeo
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Adi Roche Adi Roche ... Herself
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This Academy Award-winning documentary takes a look at children born after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster who have been born with a deteriorated heart condition.

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Official site [Japan]

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Release Date:

13 August 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Csernobil-szívbaj See more »

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Chernobyl, Ukraine See more »

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Downtown TV Productions See more »
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Symphony No 3, Opus 36: Lento e Largo - Tranquillisimo
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How can anyone endorse nuclear?
31 January 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Maryann DeLeo's Oscar-winning "Chernobyl Heart" follows Irish activist Adi Roche through Ukraine and Belarus, treating children affected by nuclear fallout from the 1986 disaster. Watching the documentary, I couldn't help but think of Fukushima. Much like how Chernobyl irradiated an entire region, Fukushima leaked mass quantities of radiation into the Pacific Ocean, and a fair amount of it has reached the west coast of North America.

So, when people champion nuclear energy as the solution, remember what you saw in this documentary. The children in northern Ukraine and southern Belarus are likely to suffer severe birth defects for decades to come. Some acquaintances of mine in Germany said that they have to be careful when buying mushrooms since a number of them come from Belarus's irradiated regions (which Aleksandr Lukashenko now wants to repopulate). Solar and wind produce sufficient energy without causing the birth defects that we see in "Chernobyl Heart".


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