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

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Credited cast:
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 ...
Herself (human rights lawyer)
Gregory Kuznetsov ...
Himself - (Journalist)
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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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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Dark Than Midnight
music by Michael A. Levine, lyrics by Michael A. Levine & Marina Verenikina
performed by Marina Verenikina
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A fascinating story
13 September 2016 | by (California, US) – See all my reviews

A fascinating view into the cold war era, and the price that societies paid in the name of national security. It highlights trade-offs that a government and its people made for the security of a country. Sound familiar? The issues certainly are still relevant today. And while the film focuses on a few cities in Russia, these are global issues.

The story was presented in a balanced way. The information is eye opening. I enjoyed the interviews, which were personal, relatable and human. And there is some beautiful cinematography in there too! I especially recommend this to those with an interest in history, politics, war, peace, human rights, or the environment.


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