26 April 2011marks the 25th anniversary of theChernobyldisaster; together with the ongoing nuclear crisis inFukushima,Japan, this marks a pivotal moment for us to reflect on the day that changed the world’s view of nuclear power.  

TheChernobyldisaster occurred in 1986, 12 years afterIndiadetonated it’s first nuclear explosive in Pokhran and rushed to join the nuclear club.  

Now, 25 years later, in 2011, since the Indo-US nuclear deal, Indian government and the nuclear establishment is hurrying to build several large nuclear power reactors all overIndia. History is about to repeat itself, but do we really want to put our next generation under the risk of another nuclear disaster? 

Through painstaking documentation, research and images, our film festival “25 years after Chernobyldisaster” will share with you the heartbreaking impacts of nuclear power on the people in Chernobyl. Juxtaposed with the story of Chernobyl, discussions will be organised on Fukushimaand the dangerous future of Indiadue to it’s nuclear power path. 

Details of films package: 

Nuclear Nightmares: BBC: 2006

Film by: BBC
Language: English
Duration: 49.21 mins

This film was shot in 2006, which is 20 years after the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster, in which the scientists started questioning the fundamental understanding of radiation. The film shows the fear in the minds of the people about Nuclear radiation. 48 after the No. 4 reactor atChernobylnuclear plant exploded, the areas nearby were evacuated. 20 years after the incident, a woman with her daughter goes back to the place to see her home and belongings and found everything devastated. In between in the film it has been shown that the Scientists goes on finding the quick and long term impact of the radiation on people and specially on the unborn and born babies. Dr. Mike Repacholi in the film defined the link between radiation dose and risk of cancer. Even in 1945 at the time of attack onJapan, 200000 people died of the bombardment but people who survived died after that due to cancer or any other serious diseases. At the time ofChernobyldisaster 200000 pregnant mothers were asked to abort their child. In the movie shown the aftermath ofChernobylwhere experts predicted tens of thousands of deaths from cancer. 

The Battle of Chernobyl: Discovery: 1986

Film by: Discovery Channel
Language: English
Duration: 92 mins

The movie, the battle of Chernobyl shows the disaster from the day one on 26th April, 1986 when the self fuelling system and the security system of the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant was deactivated and caused the destruction. 2 workers at the site died that morning and 28 followed. Photographer who clicked the first photograph could see the radiation effect on the photos. No official information was given by the state about the disaster for next 30 hours. Security measures for the people nearby were taken 30 hours later of the explosion, and people from that area were evacuated and taken to some other places which have an emotional content in the film where people want to come back to their city. After the disaster the temperature rose up to 120-180 degree c. which is 15 times higher than the usual.Ukraine was affected a lot. Tons of sand blocks and lead was used to cool down the reactor. Armed forces and air forces of the country was used to do this job, out of which 600 pilots died that time and others had radiation effects later on. Miners from different Russian cities were taken to build a tunnel of 150 mtrs long and 20 mtrs. Wide. 3000 soldiers and officers were used as bio robots. At the end of the movies scientists are interested for some other source of energy which is less devastating.   

Back to Chernobyl: NOVA: 1989

Film by: NOVA
Language: English
Duration: 54.26 mins

Back toChernobylis a film where Nova travels to the world’s worst nuclear disaster which affected some areas as far away asNorthern Europe, the Ukrainian event released an unprecedented amount of radiation into the atmosphere. Beyond the far-reaching nuclear fallout, theSoviet Union’s failure to respond in a timely and honest manner created powerful global tension. Bill Kurtis and physicist Richard Wilson return toChernobylto uncover the societal wounds caused by such a massive accident. 

India radiation leaks: TV news

Film by: TV news channels
Language: English/Hindi
Duration:  37 mins

This contains small news clippings of the incidents of radiation leaks inIndia. TV channels reported radioactive material found in a scrap shop inDelhiwith other scrap materials. Scientists found Cobalt 60 which is much more dangerous than the Uranium. Due to radiation effects, the owner and labourers of that shop were admitted to hospital. This news rocked the parliament as the opposition questioned this.

In Bangaloretoo radioactive materials were found in the water after radiation leak at Kaiga Nuclear power plant which is away from the place. But the officials said that this leak is of no harm to anyone.  

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