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From Chechnya to Chernobyl

Slawomir Grunberg

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from chechnya to chernobyl


The tiny, little-known country of Belarus has suffered more than any other in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Winds scattered the heaviest radioactive deposits across the country, where, even after a decade, 25% of the land is judged uninhabitable. Thousands of villages and towns were abandoned or evacuated, and their populations resettled to safer areas.

When Russian-speaking filmmaker Slawomir Grünberg heard that local governments were encouraging people to resettle the irradiated villages, he decided to go there with his camera. His film documents the latest twist in the Chernobyl disaster and the evolution of the former Soviet republics.

In the village of Raduga he met the Tsiplaevs, and ethnic Russian family from Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Like many, they've chosen to risk their health, and the health of their children's children, in exchange for a life without the constant fears of living in a war zone.


Slawomir Grunberg, Born in Lublin, Poland, Slawomir Grunberg is a graduate of Polish Film School in Lodz. He emigrated to the US in 1981, and has since shot and produced over 35 television documentaries. His independent works focus on critical social and political issues. Slawomir has also been a contributing director of photography and editor for PBS. Grunberg was named a 1997 Guggenheim Fellow for his documentary film work.

Contact information:

John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
Bullfrog Productions
POB 149
Oley, PA 19547
phone: 610-779-8226
fax: 610-370-1978

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