Two new Canadian films deal with current global issues in radically different ways. François Jacobs A Moon of Nickel and Ice and Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Roykos Let There Be Light explores the interwoven relationship between energy and ecology from the bottom up, by focusing strongly on individuals and their stories. They do this in an Arctic Russian mining town, the ruins of Basra in Iraq and a huge nuclear reactor in southern France, respectively.
A Moon of Nickel and Ice is François Jacobs's feature film debut, and a multifaceted portrait of the Siberian nickel mining town of Norilsk. Three facts about Norilsk: It is the northernmost city with over 100 000 inhabitants; it is one of the most polluted cities in the world; and it is a "closed city" – foreigners have been denied access since 2001, and it was closed to most Russians even in Soviet times. Norilsk Nickel's smelting plants give the city and surrounding acid rainfall, smog and well over one percent of the world's total sulfur dioxide emissions.
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