The April event of the Ukrainian Film Club of Columbia University will feature a screening and a personal meeting with the filmmakers of “The Unnamed Zone,” a 2006 full-length documentary film about the aftermath of the Chornobyl nuclear power plan accident.
The film narrates the stories of three Ukrainians affected by the worst nuclear disaster in human history at the Chornobyl Power Plant on April 26, 1986. Three children – Lidia Pidvalna, Anastasia Pavlenko, and Andriy Kovalchuk – and their families living perilously close to the exclusion zone around the destroyed station recount their fears, dreams and hopes for the future.
The film (80 min.) will be shown in its original Ukrainian version with English subtitles. It will be introduced by Yuri Shevchuk, director of the Ukrainian Film Club, and followed by discussion with the film director, Carlos Rodriguez, and producer, Asun Lasarte, both from San Sebastian, Spain.
“After our experiences in … Ukraine, we believe that a nuclear disaster has consequences that are far more terrible and complex than its purely medical effects, as they pervade every single aspect of life in the area for several generations,” Rodriguez said.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (212) 854-4697 or see http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ufc/.