Stalking Chernobyl – Exploration after Apocalypse
“A vivid and compelling film… where a dose of adrenaline matters more than a dose of radiation.”
Beyond Nuclear International
“Chernobyl is a drug” – Chernobyl stalker
“Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse” (2020) is a fascinating documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films that offers a unique portal into the clandestine culture that has developed around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone three decades after the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
In addition to the explosion of officially-sanctioned tours to what has become Ukraine’s top tourist destination, illegal hiking adventurers and urban explorers known as “stalkers”–along with extreme sports enthusiasts, disaster tourists, artists, and underground tour operators–enter “The Zone”. Many defy state prohibitions to dodge checkpoints and security guards in order to explore the mysterious and ghostly post-apocalyptic landscape.
“I made this film with the hope of engaging young people. I wanted to show that a film which is, on its surface, about adventure and exploration can also bring forward deeper conversations. These conversations go beyond post-apocalyptic tourism and encourage us to probe questions about the feasibility of nuclear power and the unintended consequences of pursuing high-tech solutions to our problems. These are themes that have been prominent in my work since I began making films.” – Says the filmmaker Iara Lee
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR/CULTURES OF RESISTANCE FILMS
Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity and connects and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. As a filmmaker, Iara has directed/produced several full-length documentaries and dozens of short films over the past decade. Lee focuses on Middle East and Africa on topics which are often overlooked by the mainstream media. She has documented daily resistance in Afghan, Palestinian, Burmese, Western Saharan refugee camps. In 2010, she documented the infamous Gaza Freedom Flotilla where Israeli forces killed at least nine passengers and wounded dozens more. Her films have been screened as on Berlinale and Sundance, as well as refugee camps around the globe.
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