Documentary. Chernobyl. Dark tourism.
Three decades after reactor 4 exploded, Chernobyl tourism is booming, with a number of companies offering organised tours to the Chernobyl zone and the deserted city of Pripyat. This documentary is an in-house production from Reelmedia, exploring the curious past-time of dark tourism at the world’s most infamous nuclear disaster site.
On 26th April 1986, reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded, releasing large amounts of highly radioactive material into the atmosphere. Ever since, the city of Pripyat has been completely deserted. Today, the empty city has become a tourist destination, with people from all over the word drawn to the eerie scenes of city’s deserted streets.
What did we do? • Research • Concept development • Script-writing • Film production • Film editing
Scientists estimate that the zone around the plant will not be habitable for 20,000 years.
– National Geographic.
The documentary takes the audience alongside on a tour of Pripyat. As the tour progresses, despite the surreal scenery, the most intriguing aspect quickly becomes the other tourists and their motivations for visiting Chernobyl.
Since 2004 Chernobyl has seen tourism sky rocket, going from 840 total visitors to an astonishing 200,000 in 2019. The public fascination with the place is so huge that by 2023 its thought that Chernobyl could become an official World Heritage Site.
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