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The children of Chernobyl... forever

A DVD-book for the benefit of humanitarian operation

About the project

Help the children who live in radioactive territories in Chernobyl, due to the 1986 catastrophe. This project is supported jointly by a group of authors and a humanitarian association.             日本語訳はポルトガル語ページにアップしてあります   

A DvD-BOOK FOR THE BENFIT OF A HUMANITARIAN OPERATION

A group of authors, journalists, photographers, film-makers, writers, musicians, scientists, who all have a direct experience of working on the field in Chernobyl and in the contaminated areas (see list, below) decided to join in and contribute to a common operation for the benefit of ill children in Belarus.

These authors will donate the royalties of their works as a contribution to allow the publication of a DvD-book which tells the story of the Chernobyl accident and its consequences. This book, written collectively, will be the basis for a HUMANITARIAN OPERATION for the benefit of children exposed to radiations and living in contaminated areas.We would like you to share our committment by making a DONATION-SUBSCRIPTION to CHERNOBYL FOREVER.

« The nuclear doll », abandonned in the kindergarden of Pripiat/Chernobyl/Ukraine.

"Photographisme" (Photographism) and "Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus" (ETB)  (Chernobyl Belarus' Children) decided to unite in this project. (see below)

INTRODUCTION

Each and every person who has ever visited Chernobyl by choice, because they wanted to know more about the real situation and because they were willing to testify about this major nuclear accident and its consequences given their own specific professionnal fields will confirm their obligation to witness. This is the case for the authors participating in CHERNOBYL FOREVER. They can be seen as so many "cariers of hidden thruths", so many men and women rebellious to the nuclear lobby. We must break the walls of silence and break the criminal chain of lies propagated by UN-bodies and states, ever since the Chernobyl nuclear accident occured.

Given the anxiety generated by such a suject and facing a strong and influent nuclear lobby, this is of course not an easy aim to meet. We must name these irresponsible criminals as well as all those who would like us to believe that nuclear fallouts have transformed contaminated areas into a Garden of Eden whereas it should rather be considered an « infernal laboratory ». Reality is much grimmer : 500 000 children suffer from illnesses induced by radioactove fallouts of Chernobyl and receive no sanitary assistance from national or international authorities.Source : Belrad

Pripiat – Ukraine- an abandonned piano / an elementary school / a film library

THE PROJECT

Alain Gilles Bastide : "When I came back to Paris in September 2005 after a trip to Chernobyl and contaminated areas and in the forbidden zones of Ukraine and Belarus to shoot a photographical report as an author, a friend of mine, seing my photographs, wanted to buy the "atomic doll ". This made me feel ill at ease and I explained that I did not intend to sell it as I felt it did not really belong to me. So I gave her the photograph and she then used it as an illustration on her ecology-blog published in a well-known newspaper (The journalist was Laure Noualhat, the newspaper was Liberation). I also donated this photograph to the CRIIRAD to print it as a postcard in a campaign which (already) aimed at raising funds to buil a laboratory in Minsk (CRIIRAD-Bandajeswski).

In 2012, when I finally completed my journey-diary "Chernobyl Forever", I showed some friends the preliminary print-out. I immediately received a proposal from a publisher and bookseller. I refused it. I had the same reaction as previously : this book did not really belong to me.

Chernobyl, village – A picnic / memorial monument to the fire-brigades' victims / Pripiat amusement park

This context led me to the idea of transforming my journey-diary into a collective, participative work. "CHERNOBYL FOREVER" will be a DvD-Book and will be the "core reference product" to raise funds in a humanitory campaign for the benefit of left-behind children in Belarus. If this book can generate more ressources (details : see below) to rely on on the spot, then our work will make real sense. I suggested this idea to "Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus" (ETB) and we started building up this project. It is now ready. This is the final step : we need to make it real. Its success is in your hands as much as it is in our hands."

Chernobyl's harbour. Abandonned. Forbidden. Chernobyl village – Ukraine

DESCRIPTION/CONTENTS OF THE « CHERNOBYL FOREVER » DvD

CHERNOBYL FOREVER, a journey-diary by Alain-Gilles Bastide. dvd-BOOK: 24cm x 32 cm, 132 pages / Hardcover + e-book version (DvD) approximately 100 photographs and a text written in several litterary styles : documentary, report, philosophical, fiction, poetry tell the story of Chernobyl. A poetical approach, which will go against the mainstream, stressfull approach, for everyone to read. Excerpt :

(…) "Along this journey into radioactive territories areas, I will try to make you , too, see the invisible. Through the silence of my photographes, I will tell you real stories of Chernobyl. (…) When misfortune strikes, Man does not want to reflect and feel accountable of his responsibility in the horror he has generated himself. He does not like to stop, to renounce, even when he does know that he is walking on the way leading to an apocalypse. His ferocious cupidity will lead him to only hold a nearing catastrophy for possible when directly faced with it. Nobody likes to think about all this. How will I tell this ? I wonder if it is indeed possible to transmit the memory of a catatrophy to people who will be its next would-be victims. Chernobyl has inaugurated the mechanism of an impossible morning process, a process of eternal mourning." (…)

CALLS OUT OF CHERNOBYL'S CONTAMINATED AREAS A collection of testimonies gathered throughout a duration of 20 years after the catastrophy. Text by Wladimir Chertkoff (previously unreleased). Excerpt :

(... ) "I have been a primary school teatcher for 35 years. I know each of my pupils' lives quite well. I have 22 pupils in my class. Half of them misses classes. One girl is in hospital. Within 2 years, her diabetis has worsened to the extend that she must receive 2 injections of insuline per day. This child has been going through various courses of treatment and her case is almost hopeless. One of my boys has been having so violent asthma crises since one year, that he suffocates and spits blood. All my pupils, 100% of them, have an alteration in their blood formula. We saw their clinical files. All of them, or maybe 80% of them, have a disfunctionnal thyroïdis. Hyperplasia in the first or second stage.All of them have dizzinesses. All of thel have nausea. Fainting is very frequent.Nasal bleeding has become commonplace. When I had a conversation with them yesterday as I knew you were coming, they told me with tears in thei eyes that they often fainted in the street." (…)    Alla Tipiakova, in ths primary school of Polesskoye, 68 Km West from Chernobyl, four years and a half after the nuclear accident.

A CRIME AGAINST LIFE Nuclear disasters follow one another and seem very similar from a genetic point of view.Text by Michel Fernex (previously unreleased) Excerpt :

(..) "Japan hides its clinical data, which makes comparisons difficult. Nevertheless, data show that victims are firstly children. Demography will soon allow us to quantify the number of victims and their sex. Some graphs already showed a gap of more than 60 000 young people. (...)

AND previously unpublished texts by YURI BANDAJEWSKI, YVES LENOIR and photographs by PAUL FUSKO and JEAN GAUMY.

Village of Chernobyl – Ukraine

THE SACRIFICE – Emanuela Andreoli & Wladimir Chertkoff / FILM: 24 minutes                              Hundreds of thousands of men, which were named "liquidators" , sacrificed their lives to fight the Chernobyl's reactor's fire following the accident, to build a sarcophago, and to reduce as much as they possibly could the extend of contamination. Their sacrifice has been strangely rewarded. Russia, Ukraine and Belarus all abandonned left them on their own and the West ignores them .

1986 : this is the emergency phasis, which requires simple and timed gestures : running up to the roof, taking the shovel, removing graphite while counting down to 90, running away back. One of the "liquidators" explains : "On the very first day, I cut the edge of a paving stone. On the second day, I threw a cement paving stone. It took 5 minutes. On the third day, we disassembled a pipe ventilation. And on the fourth day, I threw a piece of graphite."

1991 : The "liquidators" testify about the worsening of their health. One of them, a 30 years old man, states that he suffesr from so many diseases, that he is not even able to list them all, "as if I was a 70 years old man".Commentaries are bitterly lucid : "We ars seen as disturbing. We are considered a weight, society's scrap" All the beautiful degrees and promesses were meaningless. To be finally granted an appartment, they had to go on a hunger strike even though they were treated in a hospital.

1999 : Anatoly, sitting in a wheelchair, makes a terrible assessment of the situation : "Vodolajsky is dead ; Migorok Klimovich is dead ; Lionka Zaturanov is deaed. The only ones who survived are Kolka Verbistsky and myself".

2001 : with calm and dignity, but with tearfull eyes, Anatoly's spouse reminisces about the terrifying acute syndrome of radiations which took her husband's life : "He was confied to bed during six months, and, you can put it this way, he decayed alive. Every part of him, his entire back … you could see his bare bones … I could extract bone residues... decayed bones, rotten." Doctors were helpless.

Images of the film

NUCLEAR CONTROVERSIES – Emanuela Andreoli & Wladimir Chertkoff / FILM: 51 minutes        This film proves that a scientic crime has been under way for 25 years at the heart of our western, rich and technologically advanced civilization, under responsibility of high-ranking authorities, met by indifference and and disinformation. The nuclear lobby and official medical authorities knowingly condemn millions of human guinea-pigs to experience new pathologies in their bodies in the vast areas contaminated by Chernobyl's accident. A physicist and a doctor were brave enough to openly denounce a of failure to render assistance to populations in danger. One of them, Vassili Nesterenko has seen his carreer shattered, but he continues his fight on his own in contaminated villages. The other one, Yuri Bandazhevsky, has been thrown into jail the day after the conference and was sentenced to 8 years in gulag by a military court. Amnesty International adopted him as prisonner of conscience . One French geographical department and 12 French towns , among which Paris, have granted him honorary citizenship.

“VASSILI NESTERENKO” Emanuela Andreoli and Wladimir Tchertkoff FILM:19mn                         The life story of a just man told by himself in twenty minutes. Wladimir Tchertkoff met Vassili Nesterenko† in May 1998 during his second mission for Swiss television in the region of Chernobyl. The resounding about-face of the academician who renounced his faith in atomic power, who gave up the privileges of a brilliant career and entered into conflict with the Kremlin at the risk of his life, intrigued the journalist. What caused his change of heart ? Where did he come from ? Who was he ?

Images of the film

BONUS:
IT HAS BEEN …   FILM
:15m The titles of these seven sequences: It Has Been / Stalkers / They Saved the World / Eternal Memory / Goodbye Home / The Dead Town / Who Said – Edition and bonus: Yves Lenoir / Subtitles: Michel Hugot
This short movie at it is, with the exception of a few well-known pictures, has never been edited in our country. It is about propaganda films to the glory of USSR and its people shown as victorious of the Chernobyl battle. Each sequence is made of pictures taken in the middle of the action and of reconstituted sceneries, – or coming from elsewhere –, borrowings to another reality.

Images of the film: Fin de la construction du sarcophage. Les derniers ouvriers le signent à la craie.

AUDIO VERSION FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIREDTexts of Chernobyl Forever (Prefaces / Text A.G.Bastide / W.Tchertkoff / M.Fernex) spoken by actors and actresses in English and French. The names of the professionals having donated their voices to the project will be provided later.

Graphic space for audio version: PATRICIA JEAN DROUARThttp://www.patriciajeandrouart.com/expositions

What are the funds for?

The funds which will be collected at this stage will allow us to PUBLISH 3 000 DvD-books and 2 000 DvD of CHERNOBYL FOREVER, translated into French, English,German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian and Japanese.

This COLLECTIVELY WRITTEN BOOK will be DONATED by « Photographism » (project manager of the common project) to the association "Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus" (ETB), which will be in charge of the organization and management of the INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARY OPERATION "CHERNOBYL FOREVER"(see details below).

DETAILED BUDGET (Euros) :
3000 books :
Format 24x32 cm - 132 pages - heardback
Conformity of files and printing
                          15.900
3000  notebooks :
16 pages, translated in 6 languages                   1.500
5000 DVD :
including SACEM, SDRM, RPCA, jackets,
authoring, Frais de gestion, pressage
                 5.625
Production « compensation »                          2.000 (estimate)
Administrative fees                                           2.475 (estimate )
TOTAL                                                               27 500 €

HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN OF BELARUS

GREEN: in good health – RED: sick 

Just after the accidents the curves reverse and enter into an exponential dynamic. 1987: 64% of the population in good health for 36% sick – 2005: 13% of the population in good health for 87% sick. In 1985 the records indicate 85% of children in good health and 15% sick. In 1986-87 the effects of Chernobyl are already evident (specially loss of immunity, as at Fukushima as of 2011). Source: Dr Angelina Nyagu (Ministry of Health, Ukraine) / A. Yablokov, V. Nesterenko and A. Nesterenko : Chernobyl, Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environnement. (2006 Moscow, 2009 New York).

About the project owner

INITIATORS OF THE PROJECT

OF THE PROJECT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THE BOOK-DVD

Association “PHOTOGRAPHISM Friends of Alain-Gilles Bastide” founded on 15 May 2012.             Jean-Pierre Dupuy – President-Founder (Popular education adviser/film director/board member of SYNAVI - Syndicat National des Arts Vivants - National Union of the Performing Arts).

From the first year of its existence PHOTOGRAPHISM received support from the City of Paris (Heritage Directorate) and the Municipality of the 14th district for the realization of the exhibition “The emergence of new photography” in the official programme of the Month of Photography in Paris, 2012.

OF THE PROJECT FOR THE REALIZATION OF THE HUMANITARIAN OPERATION

Association Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus ETB, founded 27 April 2001 by Solange, Etienne and Michel Fernex, and Wladimir Tchertkoff, at the request of Professor Vassili Nesterenko, to save the BELRAD Institute, threatened with collapse. BELRAD was founded by Nesterenko in 1990 at Minsk, Belarus, with the political, financial, humanitarian and cultural patronage of Andrey Sakhorov, Anatoly Karpov and Ales Adamovitch.                                                                          ETB President: Yves Lenoir / Vice-President Alexey Nesterenko

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

AG.Bastide / W:Tchertkoff / E.Andreoli / V.Fernex / Y.Lenoir / Y.Bandazhevsky / P.Fusco / J.Gaumy / J.Prévert

ALAIN-GILLES BASTIDE – Photographer-Author, freelance journalist, graphic designer, director. His investigations are focused on the relationship between images and texts and the
animation of still images. Serge Daney, in the "Libération" daily newspaper, described his
work as a new photographic language, in which the scale and space variations, the
relationships between images, texts and layout, the "absent" image, the rhythm… become
arranged in the form of an original proposal and set out a new relationship between
photography-text-graphism and cinema.

He went to Chernobyl in 2005 to finalize an auteur report on the topic of "Traces".  The
Memorial ("Kolkoze Kuybicheva") he achieved in Belarus to pay a tribute to the 700 villages that have been buried
after the disaster opened the European exhibition "Once upon a time… Chernobyl" (2006),
organized by the CCCB (Barcelona) on the 20th anniversary of the explosion of the reactor.   http://www.agb-images.com

VLADIMIR  CHERTKOV an Italian documentary filmmaker, was born in Serbia in 1935 in a
family of early Russian emigrants. In over thirty years of collaboration first with the
RAI channel, then with the Italian-speaking Swiss TV channel TSI, he has made nearly 70
documentaries exploring social, political and economical subjects and arguments, focusing
on the description and analysis of the power relationships.

He published “Le crime de Tchernobyl. Le goulag nucléaire” Actes Sud publ. In April 2006.
Translations in Russian, English and Japanese languages will be published in 2014-2015. In addition, V. Chertkov is the vice-president of the association Enfants de Tchernobyl
Belarus.

EMMANUELA ANDREOLI was born in September 1960. She has worked as a film editor since 1979, both for the Italian-speaking Swiss TV channel (TSI) and as a freelancer (Feldat Film,
ARTE, Les Films à Lou). In 35 years, she has edited over 190 documentaries, including 140
feature films and 50 films of less than 40 minutes, and 5 fiction films.

MICHEL FERNEX: Emeritus Professor, Med. Faculty Basel
Born 02,04,1929 and Studied in University of Geneva, License in Biology 1955, Med thesis on Pathology 1957. Clinical training in internal and tropical medicine Paris : Dakar, Tanzania, several African countries, Kongo Brazzavile, Kinshasa and Brazil
Research in chemotherapy of infectious diseases, and ornithology.
With TDR in the WHO, member of the Steering Committee for research in Malaria and in Filariasis 1977 to 1989.

Member of PSR/international Physician for Prevention of Nuclear War. Co-creation of "Enfants de Chernobyl-Belarus". Traveling to  Nevada, Moscow, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Minsk, Gomel, Chernobyl and Fukushima. President of "Enfants de Tchernobyl Belarus" (2006 - 2010).

Photo 1: Anonyme / Photo 2: AGB-2005 / Photo 3: Paul Fusko - Chernobyl Legacy

YVES LENOIR  Upon graduation from the French Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in
1968, he joined the Automatics and Systems engineering department of the Paris Ecole des
Mines (1971) after a spell in the IER Company (electronics) and at the Universidad de los
Andes.

Professor Yuri BANDAJEWSKI: Vice-Chancellor of the Medical Institue of Gomel, capital of Belarus, the region which was the most seriously affected by the Chernobyl catastrophy. He was arrested in 1999 and imprisonned until 2005 because of the researches he had conducted to find out the truth about the sanitary impact of the ingestion of radioactive pollutants.

Paul FUSCO worked with Magnum Photos. He became an associate in 1973 and a full member the following year.

His photography has been published widely in major US magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones and Psychology Today, as well as in other publications worldwide. Fusco moved to Mill Valley, California, in the early 1980s . He especially focused on the lives of the oppressed and alternative lifestyles. Among his latest subjects are people living with AIDS in California, homelessness and the welfare system in New York, and the Zapatista uprising in the Mexican state of Chiapas. He has also worked on a long-term project documenting Belarussian children and adults sickened by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl explosion. He is now based in New York City.

Co-author of the deeply moving CHERNOBYL LEGACY book with Magdalena Caris(courtesy : Magnim Photos)

Jean GAUMY has been a member of Magnum since 1974. Apart from his main focus – human beings behind closed doors - he recently also turned to a more contemplative kind of photography.

In 2008, after shooting a film inside a nuclear submarine, he starts a photographic exploration of territories where he has already travelled to, from arctic seas to the contaminated areas of Chernobyl in the Ukraine, or to Fukushima. Following the same project guideline, he shoots a series of photographs in mountain landscapes and in 2010 he boards one of the most recent ships of the strategic nuclear forces.

(courtesy : Magnum Photos)

JACQUES PREVERT
Poème "La fête foraine"
Autorisation FATRAS / Succession Jacques Prévert et Editions GALLIMARD

«Quand la vérité n’est pas libre la liberté n’est pas vraie. Les vérités de la Police sont les vérités d’aujourd’hui»Manuscrit de Jacques Prévert, dédicacé à Alain-Gilles Bastide . Mars 1974.