In this new installment of the second season of Las Movies, the space that El American dedicates to analyzing the world of culture and entertainment, Ignacio M. García Medina talks to us about Chernobyl, the successful HBO series created by Craig Mazin.
Mazin’s “masterpiece” tells in 5 episodes the story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophe that took place on April 26, 1986, while Ukraine was a satellite of the Soviet Union (USSR).
Chernobyl: a reference against communism
As Ignacio tells us, the miniseries does not limit itself to merely chronicling the facts, but is dedicated to transmitting a very clear message: “that communism is a system based on lies and deceit.”
García Medina recalls that, although there are many films about the Nazis and the Holocaust, very few have allowed themselves to unmask the Soviet dictatorship or the Holodomor. In that sense, Chernobyl has become one of the audiovisual works of reference against the horrors of communism.
“The control of information, censorship and lies were so powerful during the existence of the USSR that it was not until its definitive fall that films about this period began to appear, in dribs and drabs,” comments Ignacio.
Mazin’s miniseries is a clear example of how the Soviet communists not only lied to the whole world but also lied to themselves. Chernobyl shows that it was not the scientists and experts who were in charge of the nuclear plant, but the political commissar.