Charity group slams 'Chernobyl Diaries' horror flick
Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. says movie is disrespectful to those who still live on contaminated land.
Tue, May 22 2012 at 4:05 PM
This weekend's premiere of the "Chernobyl Diaries
" may be welcome news to fans of the horror genre, but for one advocacy group, the film is scary for a variety of different reasons.
Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S.
, which works to strengthen recovery efforts in the Ukraine for those who have been severely affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident, is slamming the film as detrimental to their cause. In "Diaries," six young tourists decide to visit the Chernobyl accident zone — only to be "hunted by people mutated by the nuclear blast."
"Thousands of people have died and over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes," the rep said. "Today over 5 million people still live on contaminated land. The horror is not mutants running around; the real horror is the effect that Chernobyl continues to have on the lives of millions who have been devastated physically, emotionally and economically."
"If you feel compelled to go see this movie, take the adrenalin you get from the horror to go do something good and make a difference in the lives of those still living with Chernobyl every day," he added.
According to the group, more than 63,000 square miles of land was impacted by the blast. Through five outreach centers in the Ukraine, volunteers work with local governments to foster sustainable community development, development of a civic society, and psychosocial rehabilitation of those affected.
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