Pripyat: City of the Future

Pripyat: City of the Future is a short film by David Bickerstaff about the Ukranian city of Pripyat, built in the 1970s for workers at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. As the reactor explodes in 1986, the dangers are kept secret from the population, who continue their daily lives, captured in this chilling film. Shops and business carrying on regardless, children play in the street, a couple get married.

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Eventually the entire population of 50,000 are evacuated in a single day, leaving a ghost town of epic propotions, a monument to the futility of a nuclear future, and an area the size of England contiminated with nuclear dust.

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The film can be found on issue 14 of Specialten DVD magazine, and there's also more information at:

Every time Tony Blair talks about our need for nuclear power he should be forced to sit with his eyelids taped open and forced to watch this film.