The Battle of Chernobyl
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
7:30pm - All Ages
2254 E Main St
Columbus, OH, USA 43209-2319
This poignant film shows the human side of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It showcases video clips of the original explosion, original clips of the immediate and ongoing mitigation attempts, interviews with Gorbechev and workers at the plant, both at the time and recently, and interviews with the “liquidators”—those people who experienced deadly risk to prevent much greater contamination. The World Health Organization estimates that 800,000 (yes, that figure is correct) people were commandeered for cleanup. Many felt they needed to risk their lives and act to save humanity.
Dr. Bernhard Debatin, Ohio University professor of journalism, was living in Berlin at the time of the accident and was exposed. The well-informed and articulate professor has agreed to lead a discussion about Chernobyl, Fukushima and other nuclear matters following the screening.
The film is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the Central Ohio Green Education Fund, the Drexel Theater and the Free Press.