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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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Chad Gracia

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Chad Gracia
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Andrei Alexandrovich Andrei Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Father
Fedor Alexandrovich Fedor Alexandrovich ... Himself
Igor Alexandrovich Igor Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Son
Natalia Barabovskaya Natalia Barabovskaya ... Chernobyl Historian (as Dr. Natalia Baranovskaya)
Andrei Bilyk Andrei Bilyk ... Chernobyl Chief Engineer
Fedor Chebanenko Fedor Chebanenko ... Duga Data Commander (as Lt-Col. Fedor Chebanenko)
Charlie D'Agata Charlie D'Agata ... Himself - CBS News Foreign Correspondent (archive footage)
Anatoly Duatlov Anatoly Duatlov ... Chernobyl Engineer
Fedor Dubrovka Fedor Dubrovka ... Radar Professor
Boris Gorbachev Boris Gorbachev ... Physicist
Mikhail Gorbachev ... Former President Russia (archive footage)
Viktor Janoekovytsj Viktor Janoekovytsj ... Former President Ukraine (archive footage)
Vitali Klytsjko Vitali Klytsjko ... Mayor of Kiev / Opposition Leader (archive footage)
Vladimir Komarov Vladimir Komarov ... Head of Chernobyl Investigation Committee
Georgy Kopchinski 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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Documentary | War

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Not Rated
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Ukraine | UK | USA

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Russian | English

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16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il complotto di Chernobyl - The Russian Woodpecker See more »

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Ukraine See more »

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Fedor Alexandrovich, the hero of this film, did not see any version of the film (including controversial secret camera footage of him) until the film's premiere at Sundance. Upon learning that he had been filmed and presented in a negative light, and responding to a question from the audience about how he felt about this, he exclaimed: "At first was upset. But then I realized that not only am I the protagonist of this film, but also the antagonist! So I'm satisfied." See more »

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Was the Chernobyl disaster an accident?
8 May 2015 | by opecttSee all my reviews

We have all been told the 1986 Chernobyl disaster was an accident. This movie presents a frightening case that it was no accident. By revisiting the available facts and through multiple interviews, the movie leads us through a maze that eventually points the finger at communist politicians in Moscow.

If this incident happened in a vacuum it could be hard to believe. However, if you look at Ukrainian-Russian relations over the past 100 years a pattern develops. In the 1930's a famine orchestrated by Moscow killed millions of Ukrainians. After WWII Moscow orchestrated the execution and exile of many more. Today, we have the instigation and military support of "rebels" in Eastern Ukraine leading to thousands of more deaths. Successive Russian governments have repeatedly shown a callousness to the value of a life, especially a Ukrainian life. Suddenly the case made in this movie follows a shocking but established pattern and provides a warning for all of us.


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