THE LEGACY OF THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER
Thanks to the wild success of the HBO series dramatizing the world’s worst nuclear accident, the site of Chernobyl in Ukraine has become a global tourist hotspot. Fallout explores the enduring impact of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and goes where the tourists can’t, beyond the decaying town of Pripyat, into the contaminated exclusion zone. Meet the secret communities who have defied evacuation orders to return home, from the ‘babushkas’ – grandmothers – who continue to grow their own food and drink water from their wells despite the persistent presence of radiation, to the strange sub-culture of Stalkers, young rebels attracted to the dangers of the zone – the threat of police, wild animals and radiation – to the disaster’s youngest victims – the children from the fallout zone who are suffering from radiation-related illnesses. While some locals see this tourism boom as exploitative, many are glad their story is being told.