The series Chernobyl premiered in May, featuring the hours and days after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The success of the series and the discussion that arose were partly due to its ability to translate the visual images of the disaster, and to give the news headlines and this historical chapter a new, closer, and more intimate dimension. The tension and horror of Chernobyl stemmed from the discrepancy between apocalyptic images belonging to fiction and the knowledge that those images are reconstruction of real events.
This program ventures from these images to bring forth works dealing with similar disaster areas. These are films that document the days and years after the disaster in Fukushima, Hiroshima, before and after the bombing, or the city of Pripat, near Chernobyl. These are also hypothetical works that portray Britain in the context of a third world war or post-war Israel. The power of these images is drawn from the omission of humans out of them, and the mysterious and threatening effect these eliminations have. Deeper, more intriguing, and challenging, is Homo Sapiens - which begins in Fukushima’s forbidden region, and moves toward abandoned buildings and areas around the world as a result of social and economic catastrophes. Despite the very different reasons, the images are quite similar, and give thought to man's place in the world and the extent of his influence on nature.