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Black Snow

Directed by Alina Simone
Denmark, USA
100 minutes
All Ages
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In a remote Russian mining town, black snow falls due to the extreme pollution. A Siberian eco-activist, dubbed the ‘Erin Brockovich of Russia’, fights for her community in this award-winning doc.

Natalia Zubkova, courageous citizen journalist and mother of three, lives in the remote mining town of Kiselyovsk. In an area reliant on coal, no one wants to talk about the obvious pollution – including all the dark snow. Over time, her campaign uncovers the true extent of the environmental disaster and its impact on her family’s health. When an abandoned mine catches fire and toxic gas seeps into local homes, Zubkova’s video footage goes viral. Her activism inevitably raises the ire of the Russian authorities, and Zubkova faces a tough decision: to stay or leave. Winner of CPH:DOX’s F:ACT Award 2024.

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🍃 Shortlisted for the Sustainable Future Award.

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Mon 10 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 Jun
Palace Central Cinemas - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries, Sustainable Future Award
All Ages
Denmark, USA
In Russian with English subtitles
Alina Simone
Kirstine Barfod, Alina Simone
Natalia Zubkova, Alina Simone
Aleks Gezentsvey
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Environmental, Politics & Economics, Women Directors, Festival Award Winners
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Cinephil
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