Pripyat

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Directed by Nicky Larkin
Ireland / 2007 / 16'

The city of Pripyat was once considered the finest place to live in the whole Soviet Union. A thoroughly modern city, it was built in 1970 to house the workers of the new Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families, and was once a happy home to 50,000 people. In the aftermath of April 1986, the residents were instructed to pack up, and told they would be coming back in three days. They never got back. 21 years later Pripyat stands empty, a ghost down deep within the exclusion zone, the last remaining Soviet city. This haunting experimental film by Irish artist Nicky Larkin takes us inside Pripyat and examines the relationship between time, nature and culture, in a city that will never be alive again.

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