Leonids Story (2011)

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Documentary, Animation, Short Film

Director: Tetyana Chernyavska, Rainer Ludwigs

Original Title: Leonids Geschichte

Country: Germany, Ukraine

Language: Ukrainian, Russian, German

Length: 20 Minutes

Synopsis: A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into an immense disaster. This magically animated film combines drawing, photography and documentary video to capture the surreal emotions of the too-real tragedy: Chernobyl 1986. Leonid grew up in the village next to the reactor. The catastrophe broke his life, ruined his health, and threatened his unborn child. Yet his work takes him right into the contaminated zone. This animated film tells his story.

Further Information:

Leonid’s Story on the German Short Film Association Website