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
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.
John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
Oley, PA 19547