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Chernobyl, a Natural History?

Friday 08th October 2010 from 20h30 to 22h30
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Luc Riolon
Written by
Luc Riolon et Antoine Bamas
Produced by
Camera Lucida Productions, ARTE France, CNRS Images, Direction Générale de la Recherche Européenne

Documentary, France, 2009, 90 min

Buffon Prize

On April 26th 1986, reactor n°4 at the Lenin power station in Chernobyl went out of control, leading to the consequences we all know: radioactive fallouts contaminating huge pieces of land, the creation of a 30-km-radius exclusion zone around the power station. In this now forbidden zone, the wild fauna and flora were left to their fate. What happened to this wildlife, freed from human pressure but immersed in the Chernobyl radioactive "hell"?

For scientists, the Chernobyl forbidden zone has become an open-air laboratory, a tragically unforeseen but huge laboratory. This is a strange no-man's land where geochemists, zoologists and radioecologists are making disconcerting discoveries.


Debate with :

  • Luc Riolon, director
  • Antoine Bamas, Producer, Camera lucida productions, Association Science & Television member
  • Denise Stammose, geochemist at the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN)

Know more

  • This film won a Silver Dragon at the Dragon Awards of the China International Conference of Science & Education Producers (CICSEP)