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Director Chad Gracia and protagonist Fedor Alexandrovich recently sat down with Matt Holzman from KCRW to discuss their documentary “The Russian Woodpecker” for IDA’s screening series. This interview reveals how Alexandrovich learned English by watching “Game of Thrones” and his hybrid of idiot and genius, among other topics.
The official film synopsis reads: “Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with Chernobyl. In Gracia’s documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers – and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine’s emerging revolution and war.”
Watch the interview highlights below.
Half Idiot, Half Genius Hybrid
Fighting the Ghost of Totalitarianism
Trying and Not Trying to Avoid Dangerous Situations
Is This Just Propaganda?
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