I recently had this Atlantic article in my news feed, an intro to a short movie. The film is about a Russian city of 177,000 people, Norilsk, well north of the polar circle. No roads lead there.
The city and its inhabitants have one purpose, mining, and “all nature in a radius almost the size of Germany is dead from severe air pollution”. Wow. Holy shit. Still, the people love their town.
Watch the video. It’s only eleven minutes long. On the one hand, it’s eerily beautiful. Touching. On the other hand, very frightening. Dark and cold, a toxic wasteland, taking its toll on the people, mentally and physically.
You can watch the video on/from the Atlantic article.