THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER

By Chad GARCIA

EESTI RAHVUSRINGHÄÄLING - as BROAD

Documentary - Completed 2015

A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it.

Festivals
& Awards

Zurich FF 2015
International Documentary Film Competition
Biografilm Festival 2015
Hera Award
Biografilm Festival 2015
Life Tales Award
DocAviv Film Festival 2015
The International Competition (Nominated)
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2015
Special Jury Prize - Documentary Competition
Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2015
Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature
Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2015
Grand Jury Award (Nominated)
Sundance Film Festival 2015
Grand Jury Prize
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM, USA
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Chad GARCIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Chad GRACIA
    • Synopsis
    • Fedor Alexandrovich is a young Ukrainian theater artist obsessed with a Soviet-era antenna six kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. He was four years old when the reactor exploded and he has radioactive isotopes in his bones to this day. As he studies this enormous secret weapon, he uncovers what he believes to be a massive cover-up and crime by committed by the Soviet Union. In the midst of his work, his countrymen rise up against their Moscow-backed president and he is swept up into the revolution. At the height of the violence, Fedor is confronted by men who want him to keep his theories to himself, and he must decide whether to stand up to them or succumb to the very fears and lies he has dedicated his life to eradicating.