• Croatian

Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse

Friday, 11.09.2020. at 21:35
Hrvatski kulturni dom na Sušaku
Director: Iara Lee
Producer: Iara Lee
Country of origin: USA, 2019.
Runtime: 56'
Croatian premiere

SUMMARY

Directed by Iara Lee (a Cultures Of Resistance film), this documentary examines the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Three decades after the world's most infamous nuclear disaster, illegal hiking adventurers (known as “stalkers”), extreme sports afficionados, artists, and tour companies have begun to explore anew the mysterious, ghostly landscape, where trees and forest animals have reclaimed land abandoned by villagers. Even as survivors continue to reckon with a dishonest government’s attempts to cover up the extent of the disaster, and as humanity faces new nuclear incidents in place like Fukushima, the Chernobyl site has turned into a bizarre tourist attraction, drawing seekers with a taste for the post-apocalyptic.

Director Biography

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.
ISTRA FILM presents HISTORY FILM FESTIVAL
Head Programer and Director BERNARDIN MODRIĆ
Producers TIHA MODRIĆ & DEJAN BOJC
Video production ROBERT KALČIĆ & IGOR MODRIĆ
Designer ZLATKO GRGIĆ
Photography RINO GROPUZZO
Graphic and web design GRAFIK, Rijeka
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