Black Wind, White Land

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Black Wind, White Land
Black Wind White Land poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Black Wind, White Land
Directed by Gene Kerrigan
Produced by Ali Hewson
Adi Roche
Written by Gene Kerrigan
Narrated by Ali Hewson
Music by Ronan Hardiman
Cinematography Donal Gilligan
Edited by Isobel Stephenson
Distributed by Dreamchaser Productions
Release date
  • 1993 (1993)
Running time
53 min
Country Ireland
Language English

Black Wind, White Land is a 1993 documentary film, researched and produced by the founders of the Chernobyl Children's Project International and explores the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 and its consequences for the handicapped development of the people in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The film was directed by Gene Kerrigan and produced by Ali Hewson, the wife of U2's singer Bono.[citation needed]


Chernobyl power plant in 2003 with the sarcophagus containment structure.

Chernobyl Children's Project International was founded in Ireland in 1991 by Adi Roche in response to an appeal from Ukrainian and Belarusian doctors for aid. As a result of the organization's work, two documentaries have been released; Black Wind, White Land and Chernobyl Heart. Black Wind, White Land highlights the plight of fallout victims of the Chernobyl event.[1]

Ali Hewson's involvement with Greenpeace protests against the Sellafield plant for nuclear reprocessing led her to become interested in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.[2] After a request by activist Adi Roche,[3] she went to blighted, high-radiation exclusion zones in Belarus for three weeks to narrate part of the documentary.

Reception and critical responses[edit]

"When in watching the film, it's clear that Hewson is the perfect narrator. Her compassion and knowledge of the disaster and its aftermath is a true force and a voice all her own."

—Lisa Waugh from Rock World Magazine, 2011[4]

Ali Hewson narrated a part of the documentary.

Black Wind White Land, was shown on RTÉ.[1][2][5] Hot Press magazine wrote that Hewson had "obvious gifts as a presenter, which include a sense of quiet compassion that draws forth the best from the people she talks with." Another reviewer said that the documentary was very effective until she started speaking.[2] Hewson was against the accusations about being used on the project because of her husband's fame.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cunningham, Francine (October 1993). "Ali Hewson: In the Name of Love". More. 
  2. ^ a b c Jackson, Joe (20 October 1993). "Out of the Blue Into the Black". Hot Press. 
  3. ^ Sheridan, Kathy (4 November 2000). "The Sweetest Thing". The Irish Times Magazine. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b Waugh, Lisa (2013). "Alison Hewson – The Woman Who Made Bono | Rock World Magazine". Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Stokes, Into the Heart, p. 158.

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