The Russian Woodpecker

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United Kingdom | 2015 | 80 minutes | Chad Gracia

How far will you go for the truth? A Ukrainian survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark (tap tap tap) secret connected to a massive radio grid erected near the nuclear reactor. He must decide whether to risk his life by revealing his secret in this documentary that will bring out the conspiracy theorist in everyone. "He might be Don Quixote and he might be Edward Snowden... and before the end you may very well believe him." -- Film School Rejects. Director Chad Gracia scheduled to attend.

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A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret about the accident and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it. Fedor Alexandrovich was just four years old when the accident happened but it affected him for the rest of his life. Fedor is an eccentric artist, performer, and provocateur. Some say he is a genius and some say he is crazy. He leads a foreign camera crew into Ukraine to investigate the cause of the Chernobyl accident and travels to the epicenter of the explosion, doing deep research, and finding a “House of Cards”-esque swindle at the root of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party Central Committee. While interviewing workers and officials, he learns about “duga” (Russian for ‘curve’), a massive radio grid erected at great expense near the reactor plant. Fedor’s investigation takes place at the very same time and even in the midst of the Russian and Ukrainian ongoing conflict. The more Fedor learns, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. The film is part performance piece, part memoir, and part investigative reporting into one of the world’s most horrifying nuclear accidents. As Fedor says, Ukraine is full of ghosts and he wants to keep them from coming back, however that may not be possible.

Director Biography
Chad Gracia is a writer and director whose debut feature film, The Russian Woodpecker was made rife with peril for both its subjects and the crew (one of the film’s cinematographers was injured by sniper shots during production). Gracia has credited his early fascination with Slavic literature as the inspiration for this film.

  • Director: Chad Gracia
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Mike Lerner, Ram Devineni
  • Cinematographers: Artem Ryzhykov
  • Editors: Chad Gracia, Alan Berliner, Devin Tanchum
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance 2015 (World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Russian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Cinetic