Living With Chernobyl: The Future of Nuclear Power, a new documentary by Berkeley filmmakers and journalists Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygin, will air at 11 p.m. Thursday on KQED Channel 9.
As the threat of climate change forces environmentalists to reconsider the virtues of nuclear power, Orloff and Shalygin explore the myths and misconceptions surrounding the world’s worst nuclear accident. In 2006, the United Nations established the Chernobyl Forum, a task force charged with putting together a definitive report on the aftermath of the 1986 disaster. The filmmakers interviewed scientists, environmentalists and Chernobyl survivors in an effort to illuminate the truth behind the accident, as well as the arguments in favor of and in opposition to the use of nuclear power as an energy source.
The broadcast will be repeated on KQED’s Life-Encore channel at 1 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday and on KQED World at 9 a.m. and noon Dec. 25.