HBO Documentary Films released on Friday (3) the trailer for “Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes”, a new documentary from the channel that will reveal images and interviews of people who lived through what is now known as the worst nuclear accident in history. The series will be broadcast on the network’s channel and should arrive on HBO Max (streaming) on June 22.
Directed by Emmy-winning British director James Jones, the production is based on newly discovered archives from 36 years ago (such as footage taken on location hours and days after the accident). The series will also detail how the Soviet government played down the tragedy, downplaying the facts for the population, press and the world, including the very soldiers who were sent to the scene without knowing the risks or the scale of the consequences.
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On April 26, 1986, reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded after a failure of the machine’s operators, who failed to comply with a safety protocol. The accident caused a gigantic fire that lasted for days and threw a large amount of radioactive material into the atmosphere. New nuclear reactions even appeared at the site in 2021. Learn more here.
According to information from colliderestimates indicate that more than 200,000 lives were lost as a direct or indirect result of the accident, although, as the HBO miniseries addresses, the official Soviet count is just 31.
“Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes” is not the channel’s first production on the tragedy. There is also streaming the 2019 series “Chernobyl”, which shows the events before and during the accident.
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