The Lost Tapes trailer dives into a nuclear disaster

Footage of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant from Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes trailer.

Images of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes‘ trailer.
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In 2019, the mini-series Chernobyl broadcast on HBO, recounting without flinching the horrors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 through actors and the big budget cable tv. Now, never-before-seen footage taken at the time of the incident, combined with in-person interviews, has been collated into the trailer for HBO’s latest documentary. Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes.

The documentary’s haunting synopsis reads: “Thirty-six years after the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Soviet Ukraine, newly unearthed archival footage and recorded interviews with those present paint a moving and gripping portrait of the extent and severity of the disaster and the lengths of time the Soviet government went to cover up the incident, including soldiers sent to “liquidate” the damage. Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes is the full, unvarnished true story of what happened in one of the most misunderstood tragedies of the 20th century.

In the film’s trailer, snippets of archival footage show the real people unknowingly exposed disaster radiation, while interviewees hauntingly recount that they were not warned of the dire situation. ‘No one was warned by anyone,’ says one person. “Schools and kindergartens were open.”

Included in interviews for Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes are Ihor Hodosov, a minor; Ihor Pismenskiy, helicopter pilot; Oleksandre Sirota, a 10-one-year-old schoolboy; Lyudmila Ignatenko, whose husband was a first responder; Nikolai Tarakanov, a Russian general; Oleksiy Breus, an engineer from Chernobyl; Ihor Yatskiv and Nikolai Kaplin, liquidators; and Yuri Samoilenko, the former deputy chief engineer of the Chernobyl power plant.

The documentary is directed and produced by Emmy-winning James Jones (Mosul), with Darren Kemp serving as executive producer.

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes raw June 22 on HBO and will be available for mstream on HBO Max.

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