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The Polygon: The Untold Legacy of the Soviet Union's Nuclear Testing Program in Kazakhstan

The Polygon examines the village of Sarzhal in Kazakhstan, adjacent to the former Semipalatinsk Test Site, where the USSR detonated 116 nuclear bombs over 42 years. Mushroom clouds were witnessed by thousands of Kazakh villagers unaware that nuclear fallout was raining down on them. The Polygon takes us on a journey from the twisted Cold War experiments to those victims who remain today.


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Program Details
  • Format: 1 x 54 Minutes
  • Production Year: 2016
  • Supplier: The Video Project
  • Original Language: English
Reviews
"Recommended. Eye-opening documentary sheds light on a Soviet state program that resulted in debilitating aftershocks. Telling a tragic cautionary story…the filmmakers conclude with some practical ideas for making life more livable for these neglected people." – Video Librarian "Highly Recommended. Highlights some of the tragic side-effects of the testing in the region and the impacts that it has had on the populace’s offspring." –Otakustudy.com Highly Recommended. The complete veil of secrecy that enveloped Soviet weapons testing, encouraged extreme disregard for the human and environmental costs of nuclear weapons testing. This moving and disturbing documentary retells the story of those experiments and of the human guinea pigs unwittingly subjected to damaging and lethal dosages of radiation." – Educational Media Reviews Online
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