'Russian Woodpecker' Doc Trailer Focuses on the Chernobyl Disaster
by Ethan Anderton
March 6, 2015
Plenty of films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival got picked up for release sometime this year or next, but one documentary that's still waiting to get distribution is The Russian Woodpecker. The film takes a look at what caused the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in Ukraine, exposing that there might be more to the disaster than initially thought. The film is named after the Duga, a gigantic radio-transmitter wall that produces a wood-tapping sound not unlike that of the woodpecker. We missed this one at the festival, so we can't speak to its greatness, but it won a Grand Jury Prize, so it must be good. Watch below!
Here's the trailer for Fedor Alexandrovich's The Russian Woodpecker (via SlashFilm):
The Russian Woodpecker is directed by Fedor Alexandrovich, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster who discovers a dark secret about what was deemed an accident and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war. The film takes us to the frontlines of the Revolution, and gives us the history and context for the war between Russia and the Ukraine, a battle that will have ramifications for the whole world. The documentary premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was the Grand Jury Prize Winner for World Documentary. It has no release date yet so stay tuned.