The Russian Woodpecker
Directed by Chad Gracia
Duga 3 at Chernobyl was part of a radar system that became famous for interfering with world radio communications by emitting a repetitive tapping noise that sounded like a woodpecker. Eccentric Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich stumbles on a conspiracy theory that links the huge antenna with the nuclear disaster. Putting his own life in danger, the artist is determined to unravel the truth behind the disaster. The film is about much more than Chernobyl alone: the roots of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine are revealed – from the 1930s genocide in the gulags to the recent uprisings in Donbas.
Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2015
“A complex film about Chernobyl that is also surprisingly, richly enjoyable” –Variety
“A sinister warning to the world that, under Putin, world war three is close” –The Guardian
Saturday, April 16th, 2:50pm