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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Himself (archive footage)
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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Himself - (Journalist): There has never been a single case, except for the Litvinenko murder when any fissile materials could be tracked back to the Soviet Union or Russia.
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Dark Than Midnight
music by Michael A. Levine, lyrics by Michael A. Levine & Marina Verenikina
performed by Marina Verenikina
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City 40 is both a history lesson and a warning for our future
6 September 2016 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

Goetschel's inventive use of narrative to describe human rights violations in Ozersk and the exploitation of its citizens is singularly successful in describing the reach of the Russian nuclear machine and the affect it has in very human terms. Choosing to put a face - intelligent, courageous - on the nuclear culture of City 40 is perhaps the only way which those of us not directly impacted can relate to an unimaginable covenant. The film classically exposes the deal that has been struck, trading health and freedom for dying and imprisonment, and demands a response from its audience. It artfully raises the question of what would be worth the sacrifice of your life? Your children's lives? Your freedom? Your children's freedom? Beautifully shot, with a score subtle and evocative, City 40 is both a history lesson and a warning about our future.


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