On April 6, 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the city of Pripyat, Ukraine exploded, melting down to emit more radiation than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, top secret documents have finally surfaced on the systematic cover-up by the Soviet government; they admit the true severity of the Chernobyl disaster. Archived footage and personal interviews by former government officials reveal how the disaster was concealed from the world, and how thousands of men were sacrificed in order to prevent the possibility of a secondary radioactive explosion that would have poisoned Europe, rendering it uninhabitable.
Thomas Johnson was a reporter and correspondent in Moscow for ACTUEL before beginning his career as a filmmaker in the early nineties. He work has been the recipient of many awards including the Special Jury Prize at the Environmental Documentary Film Festival of Monaco, 2000 for this film