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.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

More in Video

Just In