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Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.

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Lavrenti Beria ...
Himself (archive footage)
Viktor Fetisov ...
Himself - (Director of Mayak Nuclear Plant) (archive footage)
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Sergei Kirillov ...
Himself - (Local Journalist)
Igor Kurchatov ...
Himself (archive footage)
Nadezhda Kutepova ...
Gregory Kuznetsov ...
Vladimir Kuznetsov ...
Himself - (member of Russian Atomic Energy Corporation)
Alexander Litvinenko ...
Himself (archive footage)
Natalia Manzurova ...
Herself (Nuclear scientist)
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Galina Vasilievna ...
Herself - (Nadezhda's Assistant)
Boris Yeltsin ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Deep in Russia, there is an invisible city that houses thousands of men, women and children who live and work behind double barbed-wire fences monitored by armed guards. They are told that they are the creators of the nuclear shield and saviors of the world. They are told that everyone is an enemy. In this hidden world, a mother risks her life to take us inside Russia's largest nuclear city.

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Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.


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A number of people featured are not identified for reasons of personal safety. There is a relocated man, a 'chocolate factory' worker & a woman with many dead relatives who are all interviewed anonymously in 2004 archival footage. There is also a male resident with his face blurred, a male nuclear scientist who never faces the camera and four different clients (three women and one man) who all remain anonymous. See more »

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At around 43:40 into the documentary, the second lake identified as "Lake Irtyash" appears to actually be Lake Karachay (which as of 2017 has been completely filled in). The dump truck dumping shown was likely not dumping solid radioactive waste as implied, but was part of the effort to fill in and cover the lake to prevent radiation from escaping. See more »

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Herself (human rights lawyer): My name is Nadezhda Kutepova and I'm a native of Ozersk. I was born here. We were told we live in a secret place. There were spies all over, sneaking around, gathering information. My mother used to warn me, 'Darling, never say where you are from or a Black Mariah will takes away and you'll never see your parents again. Let state secrets stay secret.'
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Darker Than Midnight
music by Michael A. Levine, lyrics by Michael A. Levine & Marina Verenikina
performed by Marina Verenikina
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What Happens When Apathy Rules
27 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a terrific and terrifying movie about what happens when citizen apathy takes over a city or a country. When people aren't informed because the "state" is the only voice heard. When there is no free press and active judiciary, authoritarians take over. Lies are told and fear is spread. People don't vote, don't volunteer, and don't run for office. Big money takes over when corporations are judged to have free speech rights like people. When people give up, they give in. Democracy requires strict controls on too much power in the hands of one part of government over another. Better a free press than silence; better a strong, balanced judiciary than tyranny.


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