Documentary 52 minutes



documentario The zone – Post atomic journey
Title The zone - Post atomic journey
Genre Documentary
Duration 1 x 52'
Director Alessandro Tesei e Pierpaolo Mittica
Soundtrack Luca Lampis
Screenplay Alessandro Tesei, Pierpaolo Mittica, Alessandro Tarabelli, Andrea Antolini, Diego Morresi
Production Subwaylab
Associate Producer
Mondo in cammino
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The movie directors, Alessandro Tesei and Pierpaolo Mittica, joined a group of stalkers and penetrate in Chernobyl exclusion zone, filming one of the most incredible and adventurous trips ever made. It’s a romantic story of friendship and love for an ended world, a pure survival trip among soviet memories and wild and contaminated nature, and a loving tribute to the famous Tarkovskij ‘s movie “Stalker”, the Strugatzki brothers’ book “Roadside picnic”, and the videogame “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.”. Both authors are experts on issues related to radioactive contamination, and have produced over the years various video and photographic reportages in the most polluted areas of the world, including Fukushima, Kysthym, Magnitogorsk, Karabash. Historical partners and supporters of the Volunteer Association Mondo in Cammino, with which they produced the documentary “Fukushima no Daymio” and “Behind the Urals”, winners of several national and international awards.
There’s a new risky activity going on among Ukrainian youngsters: some of them in fact have recently started to illegally enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – in the centre of which there is the infamous Reactor 4 that exploded in 1986, making the area one of the most contaminated of the whole world.

They are referred to as “Stalkers” a name coming directly from Andrei Tarkovski’s film “Stalker”, a cult movie dated back in 1979 – and from a survival-horror videogame released in 2007 and set right into the Zone named S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Chernobyl’ Stalkers have developed a proper veneration for this specific area, which they consider it as a post-atomic private home. They are organized in paramilitary groups with names, symbols and rituals, while enjoying a dangerous trip to reach their final destination: the ghost town of Prypiat.
In order to get there, they have to walk about 60 kilometers through the woods – mostly by night to avoid the police patrolling – between nuclear radiations and wild animals. During their journey they usually sleep in abandoned villages, eat canned food and drink the water they find along the way, dirty and contaminated. The movie directors, Alessandro Tesei and Pierpaolo Mittica, joined a group of them and went illegally in Chernobyl exclusion zone, filming one of the most incredible and adventurous trips ever made.
The film is produced by the independent italian movie production company Subwaylab.
Thanks to this film you will see the Stalker, Prypiat and La Zona as you’ve never seen before.

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