MARINA BELOBROVAJA | DOC | 00:50 | 2014 | SWITZERLAND
Participating in a trip, organized by a travel agency and Green-Cross, a group of politicians, journalists and tourists travel to Chernobyl. They speak with affected people, visit the town-hall, take part in a mourning ceremony and inspect the abandoned “ghost town” of Pripyat. For 5 days the director accompanies and interviews the travelers, focusing on their impressions, fears and insights.
The film was shot on an iPhone which allowed the director to blend in as a regular member among the travelers.
|Director | Cinematography:||Marina Belobrovaja|
|Editing:||Tania Stöcklin et Marina Belobrovaja|
|Sound mix:||Jakob Stoller, Audiolager|
|Colorgrading:||Christoph Walter, Trinipix|
|Subtitles:||Aron Nick, Trinipix|
Marina Belobrovaja (1976) was born in Kiev (UDSSR), immigrated to Israel, and studied fine arts in Germany and Switzerland. Her multimedial projects explore the borderline between social reality and artistic practice and reflect political phenomena in a provocative and ironical way. They are motivated by themes such as labor conditions, consumer behavior, and legal issues. Her work was presented at numerous exhibitions and festivals in Switzerland and Europe. She lives with her daughter in Zurich.
The DNA-Project, artistic multimedia research project, 2012
Multikulti-Tours, artistic multimedia project, 2011
Kunstwette.ch, artistic multimedia project, 2010
Dinner for Two, artistic multimedia project, 2009
Öffentliche Abschiebung, video installation, 2008
“I was born in Kiev 1976 and am able to remember – nine years old at that time – every detail about the events that changed the story of my family so radically on the 26th of April 1986, even today. When I heard the first time about touristic trips to Chernobyl, I was immediately tempted with a mixture of curiosity as a performance artist and the memory and fear of being directly involved, to document such a tour from the perspective of the participants and to reflect on the question why people ignore all health and moral concerns and also a relatively high financial cost; in order to voluntarily visit a place from where people fled with panic and fear, if they could somehow make it.”
2014: XIX InternationalTV Festival BAR, Montenegro
2014: Uranium Filmfestival Berlin 2014 im Kino Babylon, Germany
2014: Jameson CineFest International Film Festival, Miskolc, Hungary
2014: Opuzen Film Festival, Opuzen, Croatia
2014: International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Modern Art (MAM-Rio), Brazil
2014: World Premier Journées de Soleure, Switzerland
2013: Preview screening at the Festival Les Urbaines Lausanne, Switzerland