Set in Russia’s south Ural region, this documentary, filmed in black and white, tells the story of living in an area with some of the largest amounts of radioactive contamination in the world. The citizens of this remote area had been unaware that they had been repeatedly exposed to radiation from various unreported accidents at the Mayak nuclear facility, which was the first nuclear weapons plant in the Soviet Union and is still in use. The Soviet authorities had kept a tight lid on information surrounding the 1957 nuclear accident at Mayak, which is considered the third largest nuclear disaster behind Chernobyl and Fukushima. Most of the people in this area are afraid of the unseen dangers of being exposed to so much radiation. In Russian with English subtitles. Directed and produced by Sebastian Mez.


2013 DE 84 min
Festival Year: 2014
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Sustainable Living