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Inside Chernobyl Sarcophagus (1996)
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. Deep inside the sarcophagus, a remarkable group of Soviet physicists is at work in levels of radiation that would be considered almost suicidal in the West.
In 1991, a joint team from WGBH
and the BBC went to Pripyat, Ukraine to interview the scientists working in the wreckage of Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A BBC team went back in 1996 to follow up with the scientists. This documentary is the result, updating the 1991 footage with ten minutes of new material.
The film shows nuclear scientists Viktor Popov, Konstantin Checherov
, Alexander Borovoi
and Edvard Pazukhin
in 1991 and 1996, as they attempt to manage the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident while battling fierce levels of radiation, 'Chernobyl heart
,' and "an invincible bureaucracy."
The 1991 footage seems to be the same footage that aired in the USA as "Suicide Mission to Chernobyl
", for which PBS received an Emmy Award
Previously on Chernobylfilter:
Chernobyl Today: A Creepy Story Told in Pictures.
Chernobyl, 20 years later.