MY BEAUTIFUL, DEADLY CITY

Directed by
Victoria Fiore

Siberian Arctic industrial wasteland and its community’s unconditional love for its fractured surroundings

The arctic mining city of Norilsk is one of the most polluted in the world - but many residents are still proud to call it home.

Victoria Fiore’s landscape of ice ladened power plants and housebound children reveals the damaging impact of twenty first century exhaust. Her expertise as a visual storyteller shine. When filming resident doctor admit to the deadly effects of sulphur to local inhabitants, Fiore holds the shot for that extra uncomfortable beat. This is soon followed by a requiem for the extinction of the city’s vegetation as images of solitary dying trees are stunningly presented in the snow as though soldiers killed in action.

Part of NYT Op-Docs.

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