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Documentary Film: Life in the Dead Zone

Twenty-five years ago, the core of Nuclear Reactor #4 exploded at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 in Soviet Ukraine. The horrific disaster was the worst in history causing fires, a nuclear meltdown, and sending out a radioactive cloud that blanketed Ukraine, Belarus, Scandinavia and Western Europe. The official Soviet death toll was 31 people; however the more truthful toll is over a million worldwide and well over 2.4 million Eastern Europeans are still suffering various health problems from exposure that is most probably linked to this disaster.

The daily horrors of Chornobyl are experienced firsthand by the few now elderly villagers who returned after the explosion to live in their contaminated irradiated homes surrounding the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Their testimonies are the heart of our documentary film project, Life in the Dead Zone, which we continue to create so that the world may never forget nor yet again repeat the horrible mistakes of Chornobyl.

Sadly, in light of the growing devastating radiation fallout the people of Japan are now experiencing after the earthquake and tsunami there, we feel our film project is needed more than ever.

Thanks to generous donations by YOU, our supporters, we have progressed far in our documentary project, and we are pleased to share our latest trailer on our website at and on YOUTUBE and Vimeo. We are also connected on Facebook and Twitter.

Contributions are still needed for our next film shoot this summer. Please take this moment to remember the Chornobyl tragedy by helping us return to the Zone to film the remarkable people who are still suffering from the radiation fall-out Chornobyl perpetrates to this day.

Please visit our updated website at: and make a contribution online or make out your checks to our non-profit sponsor organization:

AWAKENING/Art and Culture
Wheat Street Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 898, Apopka, FL 32704-0898

Please earmark the check as: CHORNOBYL FILM. All donors will be listed on our website and on the film credits.

Thank you in advance for your generous support in helping us reach a global audience and spreading awareness about the daunting lessons of Chornobyl and the intrepid women defiantly living in the shadow of the world’s worst nuclear power accident.

Diakuyu! Thank you!
Irene Zabytko
Producer, Co-Director, Writer
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Dr Sherman Interviewed on Democracy Now!

Dr. Sherman is interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! 

Chernobyl Catastrophe: 25th Anniversary of World’s Worst Nuclear Accident

Considerations on the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster in the context of current events [Fukushima Disaster]

Each is a major public health and environmental disaster, and while Chernobyl occurred 25 yeas ago, it is not over, nor will Fukushima be over any time soon. Unless the laws of biology, chemistry and geography change, what we have learned from Chernobyl will apply to people exposed to the radioactive emissions from Fukushima.

1. Radiation was distributed around the entire northern hemisphere, with “hot spots” in some areas.
2. There will be a marked increase in thyroid diseases in general and thyroid cancer specifically.
3. There will be an increase in birth defects in humans and in animals.
4. There will be an increase in heart disease, brain damage, and other illnesses, especially among the clean-up workers (called “liquidators” at Chernobyl.)
5. The onerous agreement between the WHO and IAEA, signed into effect in 1959, remains a barrier to information and to protection of public health.
6. There was a delay in declaring an evacuation zone.
7. There has been an attempt to minimize the effects of the radiation, emphasizing whole-body external doses, while ignoring the more important exposure to radioactive isotopes that are absorbed by inhalation and ingestion.  These include I-131, I-129, Cs-137, Sr-90, various isotopes of plutonium and uranium as well as other radioactive emissions.
8. The governmental and industry spokespersons have ignored the BIER report that there is no safe level of exposure to radioactivity.  Every exposure is cumulative and can result in genetic damage, cancer, and other damage to health.

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Is the Fukushima nuclear plant breakdown worse than Chernobyl?

Is the Fukushima nuclear plant breakdown worse than Chernobyl?

Dr. Sherman writes for the San Francisco BayView Newspaper

A little over six months ago I wrote: “Given profound weather effects (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis etc.), human fallibility and military conflicts, many believe that it is only a matter of time before there is another nuclear catastrophe. Nuclear fallout knows no state or national boundaries and will contribute to an increase in illnesses, decrease in intelligence and instability throughout the world. The economic costs of radioactive pollution and care of contaminated citizens are staggering. No country can maintain itself if its citizens are economically, intellectually, politically and socially impoverished.”

(My submission, which had been requested by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, was ultimately rejected … too alarmist?)

While thousands of miles and 25 years separate the sites and the events that led to the catastrophes at Fukushima and Chernobyl, the effects will be very similar – and will remain so for years to decades to centuries.

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Dr Sherman to Speak at Ukranian Embassy April 21

Lesson From Chernobyl: 25 Years Later
Thursday, April 21, 2011
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reception to follow 6:00 PM to 7:30PM

Embassy of Ukraine
3350 M Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20007

Global Green USA and the Embassy of Ukraine, in cooperation with Physicians for Social Responsibility, invite you to analyze the significant challenges people continue to face in the aftermath of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, one of the major tragedies of the 20th century. The meeting will also discuss how recent events in Japan are a stern reminder that the international community has disregarded many of the important lessons from Chernobyl.

The event will include expert speakers and participants from a variety of relevant fields including nuclear engineering, environmental affairs, public health, arms control and nonproliferation, government, academia, private industry, and the NGO community.

Introductory remarks by:
Ambassador Olexander Motsyk (Embassy of Ukraine)
Paul Walker (Global Green USA)

Arjun Makhijani (Institute of Energy and Environmental Research)
Jeffrey Patterson (Physicians for Social Responsibility)
Janette Sherman (Editor of Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment)
Natalia Mironova (Movement for Nuclear Safety, Russia)
Edwin Lyman (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Sharon Squassoni (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Damon Moglen (Friends of the Earth)
Thomas Cochran (Natural Resources Defense Council)

For Meeting Agenda please visit Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 19, to Caitlin Doughty at Provide: Your Name, Title, Affiliation. Bring your picture ID with you.

Global Green USA, headquartered in Santa Monica, California, is the US affiliate of Green Cross International founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993. The “Security and Sustainability Program” (known formerly as the “Legacy of the Cold War Program”) is an international partnership with Green Cross Switzerland and Green Cross Russia to facilitate the safe and timely elimination of weapons stockpiles and related systems globally and to promote international nonproliferation efforts.

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Chernobyl: A Million Casualties

EnviroVideo has expedited release of the program that is based on the book recently published by the NY Academy of Sciences concluding 985,000 people died as a result of the catastrophe. Karl Grossman interviewed Dr. Janette Sherman, its contributing editor. Taped a week before the nuclear disaster in Japan, it was to be aired with the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl next month. That’s been expedited because the consequences of the catastrophe provide a baseline for the Japan disaster.
Chernobyl: A Million Casualties

Chernobyl: A Million Casualties
Karl Grossman’s interview to be broadcast nationwide this Saturday, April 16.

A television program investigating what could be the baseline for how many people are killed from the radioactivity being discharged from the Fukushima nuclear plant complex will be broadcast nationwide on Free Speech TV this Saturday, April 16.

Chernobyl: A Million Casualties presents the findings of a book recently published by the New York Academy of Sciences which determines that based on medical data now available 985,000 people have died as a result of the radioactivity released worldwide by the accident­and more can be expected to die. Interviewed is Dr. Janette Sherman, a toxicologist and contributing editor of Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for the People and the Environment. The study was authored by Dr. Alexey Yablokov, Dr. Vassily Nesterenko and Dr. Alexey Nesterenko.

The interviewer is Professor Karl Grossman of the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, a specialist in investigative reporting on nuclear technology. His books include: Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power.

Professor Grossman commented that with this week’s elevation of the Fukushima disaster to Level 7—the highest level for a nuclear power disaster—and with radioactivity from Fukushima being found all over the world, “what this study reveals about the Chernobyl disaster is critical.” Moreover, noted Grossman, with this week Tokyo Electric Power Co., the owner of Fukushima, saying that the radioactive discharges could ‘exceed’ those at Chernobyl, we could be looking at even more than a million people dying worldwide from Fukushima.”

The program was initially produced before the Fukushima disaster began so Professor Grossman added a commentary to it in which he states that the Chernobyl and now Fukushima disasters demonstrate that nuclear power is a “clear and present danger to life on earth” and “all nuclear plants should be shut down and no more built.”

April 26, 2011, marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster.

Chernobyl: A Million Casualties was produced by EnviroVideo ( and will be broadcast on Saturday at 6 a..m., 10 a.m. and 9 p.m, EDT, on Free Speech TV ( on 200 cable TV systems in 39 states and on the DISH Network (Channel 9415) and DIRECT TV (Channel 348). The 30 minute program was directed by Emmy Award-winner Steve Jambeck. Joan Flynn is the executive producer.

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What Next for the WHO and IAEA? Chernobyl, 25 Years Later Weekend Edition March 4-6, 2011
What Next for the WHO and IAEA? Chernobyl, 25 Years Later


April 26, 2011 will mark the 25th Annivesary of the Chernobyl catastrophe, and for more than 50 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have abided by an agreement that in essence, covers each other’s back – sometimes at the expense of public health. It’s a delicate balance between cooperation and collusion.

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Dr. Sherman Interviewed by Lloyd Marbet

Lloyd Marbet, Executive Director of the Oregon Conservancy Foundation, conducted a series of interviews with Dr. Janette Sherman in December 2010.

In Part 1, they discuss Dr. Sherman’s book Life’s Delicate Balance.

Click here to view Part 1

In Part 2, Mr. Marbet and Dr. Sherman discuss Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.

Click here to view Part 2

In Part 3 they discuss the ongoing health effects of above ground nuclear testing.

Click here to view Part 3

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