The Chernobyl Workers Today

Maisie Crow's short documentary, Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now, tells the story of the community that survived the Chernobyl disaster

Maisie Crow's short documentary, Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now, for the Virginia Quarterly Review tells the story of the community that survived the Chernobyl disaster.

Workers and their families mourn the loss of their city and loved ones to the effects of radiation, while many people continue to work at the plant. The 15-minute documentary combines still images, video, and moving interviews for an intimate portrait of the community. 

For more from the Virginia Quarterly Review, visit http://www.vqronline.org/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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