The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, huddled behind its wind walls and bathed in the billowing smoke and sulphur of its mills and factories. Originally built by Gulag prisoners under Stalin, Norilsk remains a bleak and mysterious place, forever haunted by the suffering of its history. Whereas nickel miners ponder the lost Soviet comradeship and teenagers dream only of escape, theatre artists and descendants of the Gulag prisoners seek to finally shed light on Norilsk's dark past, long since buried under censorship and the town’s frozen ground.

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