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Radioactive pianos tell the story of the Chernobyl disaster in their own unique way. 

Due to high radiation level in former city of Pripyat, abandoned pianos became the only inhabitants who can maintain its sounds even if the surrounding walls collapse. Also, a piano is too heavy to steal, so no one can take it away from the city. 

The Chernobyl tragedy heavily settled in local peoples' minds, who were forced to leave their homes. To be able to overcome it - they produced their own songs, poems and lyrics, dealing with the case. Now they are coming back to Pripyat to sing and play them again! 

By looking at overgrown objects in Pripyat, and listening to the sounds of nature and radioactive pianos, they are able witness the tremendous power of nature to not only to conquer, but adapt.

Director filmography: From the detail to the whole (2018), Dare nativitatis (2017)


  • Director Eliska Cilkova
  • Country Czech Republic
  • Year 2020
  • Duration 19 min


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