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Voices from Chernobyl

  • RMIT Bld 80 445 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Dir. Pol Cruchten | Luxembourg | 2016 | 86 mins

Based on the book by Svetlana Alexievich – winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, this stunning piece of cinema does not deal with the Chernobyl nuclear incident per se but rather with the world of Chernobyl, about which the public actually knows very little.

Drawing inspiration from filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, Cruchten takes the audience on a spiritual and poetic journey through this horror, overlaying images of immaculate composition with the devastating testimony of scientists, teachers, journalists, families and children who suffered through the tragedy – giving them the chance to speak about their daily lives, forever shattered by nuclear disaster.

Their voices become a long supplication. A rare visual experience, the film adroitly reflects on the atrocities suffered by the victims of this accident and with images of mesmerising beauty, invites us to take a glimpse deep into the human soul.

A sweeping, lyrical eulogy for lives lost and memories shattered, Voices From Chernobyl is an arresting portrait of the wandering spirits that roam the desolate ruins of Ukraine’s most historically controversial milieu.
— Sergio Zaciu, Cross Fader

Every feature film at EFFA 2017 will be screening with an Australian short. Rowena Potts' They Come Home will be screening before this session. An observational documentary that follows two pigeon breeders from Brooklyn, as they compete in an annual young bird show.

Earlier Event: October 17
Brasilia: Life After Design
Later Event: October 18
Let There Be Light