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In The Russian Woodpecker, artist Fedor Alexandrovich, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war.


The film looks fascinating both formally and in terms of its content. Unfortunately we don't have a release date, but we'll keep you all posted.

The Russian Woodpecker was the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for World Documentary.


Full Synopsis:
Young, eccentric Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich was just four years old when the Chernobyl disaster struck, but the event had a profound effect on him. In seeking to learn more about what happened at the nuclear plant, Fedor becomes fascinated with the Duga—a massive, Soviet-constructed radio antenna near the Chernobyl site that remains shrouded in mystery.

Fedor discovers the Duga was one of the USSR’s secret Cold War weapons built to penetrate Western communications systems and, possibly, minds. He arrives at a terrifying conclusion that not only explains the radio antenna’s role in the disaster but also lays bare the cruelty inflicted on Ukraine by its Russian neighbors. Fedor must decide if he will protect his family and himself, or tell the world what he believes. In the package of a paranoid thriller, The Russian Woodpecker takes us to the frontlines of the Revolution, and gives us the history and context for the war between Russia and the Ukraine, a battle that will have ramifications for the whole world.





Recommended Release: Chernobyl Diaries





Via: /Film

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