The Dud Effect, 2008
Film 16 mm, transferred on to HD video (4:3)
B&W and color, sound, Russian spoken and English Subtitles
Duration 15 min. 40 sec.
Edition 5 (+ 2 A.P.)
Abandoned Soviet nuclear rocket launch bases form the subject of this film. There is a base like this here in Lithuania closed down back in 1977, but the underground catacomb structure is still impressive by its scale and scope. I have found a few people who did serve in such a base and who provided me with all technical and particular information on the way it was functioning. My basic idea is to create a film in which the scenario would be a shot of such a rocket from the site in Lithuania. Fortunately, such a thing never happened during the period of Cold War, but within new political turn of confrontation between West and East (including Russia), the horror - which we thought was gone - of possible nuclear strategical weapon confrontation is rising from the past.