Milano   9/4/2002 - 14/4/2002

Spazio Oberdan - viale Vittorio Veneto, 2

Contaminated life

  1. Director: David Desramé, Dominique Maestrali
  2. Editor: Eric Thomas
  3. Photography: Dominique Maestrali
  4. Sound: Dominique Maestrali
  5. Production: ACCAAN per WDR
  6. France
  7. 54 min.
  8. 2001

Chernobyl, April 26, 1986: an explosion destroys the nuclear plant and disperses a radioactive cloud that covers not only Russia, but also a number of other countries, including most of Poland and Ukraine. But there was a fourth country that was more seriously hit by the nuclear disaster than any of the others: Bielorussia. Bielorussia, located between the three states mentioned above, and victim of a violent economic crisis that continued throughout the 1990s, was a state strongly controlled by centralizing political power that left it completely isolated from the rest of western states. In these conditions Bielorussia was forced to deal with the extremely serious consequences of the catastrophe, which even today, after fifteen years, is described by its inhabitants as "a tree that is still growing.
Thanks to the declarations made by the population, the film sets itself the target of summing up the situation at fifteen years after Chernobyl. One of the most dramatic aspects is that the earth and the waters are still heavily contaminated and release poisons that are devastating for the mind and body of the inhabitants. A country where the true catastrophe is still only on the horizon.

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