On April 26th, 1986, at 1.23 AM, reactor 4 at the Chernobyl power plant exploded, releasing massive amounts of radioactive particles. The inhabitants of Pripyat speak of an intense blue glow that crossed the sky. Twenty-five years later, the scene of one of the greatest nuclear disasters in history has become a no-man’s land where men and women are trying to survive. Nature now invades the forbidden zone. Wolves and a lynx now roam the deserted roads. The web documentary La Zone is a gallery of portraits and stories of the men and women who live and gravitate around Chernobyl’s reactor 4. This sector remains one of the most dangerous places in the world, a closed setting eaten away by radioactivity, the invisible, impalpable, odourless and ever-present danger, a land populated by wolves, surveyed by traffickers and militiamen who do not hesitate to draw their guns. A strong and complex link is forged between the area and the men and women who live or venture there. These stories are unique because they take place here and nowhere else, in these landscapes that place each of the characters under the harsh light of a rumbling storm.
- Guillaume Herbaut
- Bruno Masi