I have finished the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. It is not a large feat as it is only five episodes. Let's just say it's the feel-bad hit of the summer.
I was nine years old when the Chernobyl disaster happened, but I do not have any memory of hearing about it at the time. I'm sure it was in the papers and on the news, but I was a kid who was not concerned with such matters.
Having limited knowledge about the disaster, I found this miniseries to be equal parts historically-informative and excellent storytelling. The acting is brilliant. The cinematography is true to the time period and haunting in many ways.
It is interesting to see the depiction of the inner workings of the former Soviet Union. It seems to be an overall theme and outright indictment by the filmmakers that the pride of keeping up appearances and hiding or altering the truth at all costs set the stage for this disaster.
In reading about the aftermath of the disaster, I was surprised to discover that they offer guided tours of the "Exclusion Zone" for people who have not had enough radiation exposure. I am fine with learning about this event and part of the world from a safe distance.