6000 kilometers from Paris, in Siberia, life is very hard and the land is often thankless. In winter the temperature can go down to minus 63 degrees. Siberia has long been talked about for its gulags ... And fascinates for its immensity, its factory factories and its ruthless climate. A hostile land that represents 77% of the country's surface and is home to only 27% of the population ... During the winter, the living conditions are extreme, sometimes inhuman. The polar night can last three months. This documentary offers an unprecedented immersion on this icy earth alongside those who adapt each day and fight against the cold to survive. From Yakuskt, the coldest city in the world to Norilsk, a closed city of Siberia, we traveled thousands of miles to meet these extreme people. For several months, we passed through them a dreadful winter to the most mysterious and remote areas of Siberia. Our camera first stopped at Yakuskt. Natural anomaly, this city is considered by meteorologists as the pole of cold. There, the winter is freezing. The inhabitants live each in the extreme The cold is their enemy, it kills every year more than 200 people. Siberia hides even more hostile territory. Difficult to find them, they are called forbidden cities. They did not even appear on the Soviet maps. Simply designated by a postal code, we now list about forty in Siberia. The closed cities have long been kept secret and their inhabitants with. As natural gas-producing machines known for their extraction of minerals, these factories were priceless economic boosters for Russia. At one time, these cities were gulags. There, for one who dreamed of another life: only death was a way out. We got special permission from the FSB to go in to meet the people of Norilsk. No road or train to go there. Only the plane will take you there ... Here the snow is black and the air feels the sulfur, we are in one of the largest mining towns in northern Siberia, located 340 km north of the Arctic Circle. Norilsk is known to be the 6th most polluted in the world. For the first time, a French camera was able to film its inhabitants. To escape from these inhospitable lands and men often violent under the influence of alcohol, more and more young people are fleeing these extreme territories to succeed another life. Under the influence of their parents, they leave home and enroll in Novosibirsk University. Capital of Siberia, this city offers a modern and comfortable life to its inhabitants. City of success, it is the promise of another life for the youth of Siberia. From the capital to the most hostile territories, this documentary offers an unprecedented immersion in Siberia, kingdom of all extremes.
Tony Comiti Productions. Author: Delphine Cinier.