Screening: The Russian Woodpecker
Join us for a private screening of the documentary The Russian Woodpecker. This thrilling investigation by a Ukrainian artist to discover the “criminal” behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster won, among many other awards, the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986 when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe—why did Chernobyl happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? What did this all have to do with the giant, mysterious steel pyramid now rotting away two miles from the disaster site: a hulking Cold War weapon known as the Duga and nicknamed “the Russian Woodpecker” for the strange, constant clicking radio frequencies it emits?
Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers—and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine’s emerging revolution and war.