Chagan: nuclear testing in the USSR

On Demand (IF 2020)

1 hour 7 minutesPWYD

Film / discussion | Health & Medicine, History, Politics, The Arts

Chagan: an abandoned town in north-east Kazakhstan, once home to the pilots who dropped nuclear weapons tested across the region. In summer 2019, Josh Steinert, Al Wakelin and Charles Macpherson visited this exclusion zone and recorded footage of Chagan’s  remains, highlighting the horrifying humanitarian cost of the USSR nuclear testing programme. Watch their short film and discuss its challenging themes of public health and political cover-up.

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held on Thursday 22 October at IF Oxford

 

Charles Macpherson graduated from Somerville College, Oxford in 2019. During his three years at university, he worked on several short films and won the Film Foundation summer competition for his documentary on life in St Petersburg. He is about to begin a masters in screenwriting at Central St Martins in London. Charles graduated from Somerville College, Oxford in 2019. During his three years at university, he worked on several short films and won the Film Foundation summer competition for his documentary on life in St Petersburg.

 

 

Pete Bryant holds an academic position in Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety at the University of Surrey and has over 12 years working the nuclear power and contaminated land sectors. He is currently President of the Society for Radiological Protection, the UK’s chartered professional body for radiation safety and radioactive waste management. Pete is the author of the book Airborne Radioactive Discharges and Human Health Effects.

 

 

Josh Steinert has worked across production companies in the UK and Australia, in both organisations that specialise in commercial and feature length films. At Oxford University he acted as producer on a number of short films. He has just started a master’s at UCL where he hopes to utilise the Film society there to make a short film about pigeons.

 

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