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Documentary, 2021, 91 min.

De idealistische intenties waarmee vanaf het begin van de Russische revolutie het Kola schiereiland is
ontgonnen hebben diepe sporen nagelaten in het landschap en in de geest van mensen.

The Kola Peninsula, in northwestern Russia, above the Arctic Circle, was gradually developed and reclaimed after the Revolution of 1917 due to its rich mineral resources. Settlements and small towns emerged, named after the raw material mined: Apatite, Nikel, Titan. Attracted by the unknown, geologists and mining engineers continued to flock to the High North from across the Soviet Union, inspired by adventurous dreams of virgin territory and the ideals of a future utopia. The development of the region paralleled the history of communism. And thus forms a blueprint of the aesthetics, the ideals and the desired way of life during the Soviet system. From a hamlet with a handful of wooden houses Murmansk became the capital of the Arctic. Due to its strategic location on the Barents Sea with the bases of the northern fleet and the nuclear submarines, the peninsula has been heavily militarized. The film tells about the glory days of the old, optimistic generation and their shattered ideals; talks about an area that is suffering badly from the mining industry and about a young generation that mainly wants to leave. In the decay, the film also finds beauty and perspective, and signs of resilience of ordinary people.

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