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Title The Russian Woodpecker
Published Gunpowder & Sky, 2015
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (81 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary A thrilling investigation into the ghosts of the Soviet Union and the mind of an irradiated Ukrainian artist on a quest to discover the 'criminal' behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Unforgettably eccentric artist Fedor Alexandrovich begins his quest by revealing to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chernobyl, and which Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought might be a giant mind-control device. But what Fedor discovers is much more sinister. While his theory that Chernobyl was an inside job may seem mad, the audience too starts to question reality when secret police appear and one of the crew members is shot by a sniper, as revolution, paranoia and terror engulf the crew. This Sundance Grand Jury winner and darling of critics worldwide pushes the boundaries of the documentary form while telling a crucial story about the deadly dance between Ukraine and Russia, and hinting at what Putin has in mind next. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema - Documentary at **Sundance Film Festival**. *"Gripping conspiracy thriller, pretentious art biopic, timely political documentary -- 'The Russian Woodpecker' is all this and more." - Tom Huddleston, **Time Out***
Notes Title from title frames
Film
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Performer Fedor Alexandrovich
Event Originally produced by Gunpowder & Sky in 2015
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Current affairs
History
Documentary films
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Gracia, Chad, film director
Alexandrovich, Fedor, actor
Gunpowder & Sky (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.