During a trip to the small town of Karabash by the Ural mountains, artist and filmmaker Carolin Koss felt compelled to capture the shocking effects of environmental pollution caused by excessive industrial exploitation.


She started interviewing people, who call this seemingly post-apocalyptic place home. On her journey through the surrounding area, she encountered harrowing stories of survival, resignation, transformation and resilience.


Avoiding sensationalism, Copper Mountains tells the story of a disturbing reality in achingly beautiful pictures.



Copper Mountains premiered as part of the official selection at Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival in 2018.


It was awarded “Best Female Director” at Edera Film Festival by the DSFS jury in 2019 and“Best Music” at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival 2019.


The documentary is currently nominated for Awards at the second edition of the Arctic Film Festival in Norway and at GOLDEN TREE International Documentary Film Festival in Germany.




13.-15.11.20 XI International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC; Warsaw (PL)

15.-16.10.20 Ekofilm; Brno (CZ)

16.9.2020 Arbis; Helsinki (FI)

4.9.2020 Suomalaisen elokuvan festivaali; Turku (FI)

13.6.2020 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival; Ramsgate (UK)

05/2020 Inca Imperial International Film Festival; Lima (PE)

03/2020 One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival; Prague (CZ)

29.12.19 Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival; Pune (IN)

9.12.19 Culver City Film Festival; Los Angeles County (US)

16.11.19 Festival Mente Locale; Vignola (IT)

23.10.19 Paesaggi que Cambiano – Changing Landscapes; Treviso (IT)

20.10.19 Indie Visions International Film Festival; (IR)

19.10.19 Oktober Filmfest; Vaasa (FI)

18.10.19 ViewFest; Turin (IT)

10.10.19 Wallachia International Film Festival; Bucharest (RO)

06.08.19 Green Montenegro International Film Festival; Podgorica (MNE)

01.08.19 Edera Film Festival; Treviso (IT) #AVEKtukee

17.08.18 SINFF – Savonlinna Nature Film Festival; Savonlinna (FI)




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