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City 40

Samira Goetschell
| USA
| 2016
| 75 min

It sounds like a dystopian sci-fi story: residents of a walled town enjoy a high standard of living in a chilling pact that sees them growing sicker by the day from radiation poisoning. Except it’s a reality, occurring in City 40 – a Russian town and home to a stockpile of nuclear materials. Closed to the outside world and guarded by armed security, the city is nigh invisible. Yet the film crew sneak in to reveal stories of courage – spearheaded by a single mother, some residents are risking their lives to draw attention to one of the most contaminated places on earth and the catastrophic risks it poses.

Director
Samira Goetschell
Producer
Samira Goetschell
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Section
Panorama
Festival Year
2016