Tucked away deep in the heart of Russia, there is a Soviet-era city where thousands of men, women and children live and work behind barbed-wire fences monitored by armed guards. The residents are told they are the nuclear shield and saviours of the world. They are told that everyone on the outside is the enemy. One of the most contaminated places on earth, and home to Russia’s largest stockpile of nuclear fissile materials, this place is called CITY 40.
In this feature-length documentary, the film crew gets smuggled inside CITY 40 and—behind a psychological façade of normality—they encounter a single mother and a handful of brave residents who risk their lives to expose human and environmental catastrophes that threaten the world.
“Brilliant, brave and important”
Luke Harding, The Guardian
Directed and Produced by Samira Goetschel
Producer for Spring Films – Figs Jackman
Executive Producer – Andre Singer
A D.I.G. Films production in association with Spring Films and Cinephil