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RADIOPHOBIA (56')
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY
DIRECTED BY JULIO SOTO


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On April 26, 1986, a security test at Chernobyl's nuclear power station triggered the greatest civilian nuclear catastrophe in history. The explosion was not only loaded with radioactive isotopes, but multiple political, economic, environmental and social consequences that still continue affecting the region and the rest of the planet. Within the affected zone, the city of Pripyat, fights to survive in spite of the radiation, the fear, and forgetfulness.

Located only 3 kilometers from the power station, Pripyat was to be a model city for the Soviet regime. But the same illusion that saw it be born, turned it into the ghost city that it is today. In June 2004, a group of survivors returned and a word notably arose from their memory: Radiophobia.

Radiophobia was the "smoke screen" that the government created to mask a problem they had lost control. They blamed public opinion, an unjustified psychosis more appropriate of traitors rather than good citizens. For example, cancer cases were initially diagnosed as radiophobia. Eventually, radiophobia backfired against those who invented it, unlocking a web of errors, lies and manipulations.

In the coming years, mankind will face a difficult dilemma: on the one hand, there is the Kyoto agreement and its tough restrictions; on the other, the increasing power consumption of western societies and of the fast growing developing countries. In this scenario, a revitalized nuclear energy presents itself as the only possible solution.

Why does the scientific community remain so divided? Why haven't we learned to confront the monster we created? What lessons have we learned from Chernobyl?

In 2011, radiophobia does not exist. Officially, you will not find the meaning of the word in a dictionary? Twenty years after, we still don't know the truth. We still suffer from radiophobia.

More information at http://www.radiophobiamovie.com