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The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

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Andrei Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Father
Fedor Alexandrovich ... Himself
Igor Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Son
Natalia Barabovskaya ... Chernobyl Historian (as Dr. Natalia Baranovskaya)
Andrei Bilyk ... Chernobyl Chief Engineer
Fedor Chebanenko ... Duga Data Commander (as Lt-Col. Fedor Chebanenko)
Charlie D'Agata ... Himself - CBS News Foreign Correspondent (archive footage)
Anatoly Duatlov ... Chernobyl Engineer
Fedor Dubrovka ... Radar Professor
Boris Gorbachev ... Physicist
... Former President Russia (archive footage)
Viktor Janoekovytsj ... Former President Ukraine (archive footage)
Vitali Klytsjko ... Mayor of Kiev / Opposition Leader (archive footage)
Vladimir Komarov ... Head of Chernobyl Investigation Committee
Georgy Kopchinski ... Last Soviet Head of Atomic Energy
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As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

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Il complotto di Chernobyl - The Russian Woodpecker  »

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Fedor's plastic "dream sequence" costume was inspired by a type of anti-radiation suit worn by Chernobyl liquidators and which Fedor saw at Kiev's Chernobyl Museum. See more »

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A rollercoaster of ideas, suggestions, and suspicions!
20 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

I am in no way a conspiracy theorist, but I am also in no way familiar with the very disturbing secrets which clearly lie within Russia and its former (and current) annexed nations. This film presents a very harsh, yet realistic possible explanation for why Chernobyl happened. Why a perfectly functioning nuclear plant which fed both the government and the people suddenly melted down catastrophically. Most people have since chalked it up as "just because", as if nuclear reactors sometimes just blow themselves up randomly.

Some may be put off by the filmmaker's unabashedly artistic montages of him in rather avantgarde outfits and scenes, in between heart-stopping clips of him climbing the frightfully high towers that projected the Russian Woodpecker signal, and him attempting to wrangle information out of former Soviet officials. This creativity seeps through to make it more than just another cut-and-dry documentary. The filmmaker himself has a deep personal connection with Chernobyl, and expresses that anger in various artful ways.


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