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. Most recently Copper Mountains was declared winner in the category BEST ECOLOGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS FILM at the XIV International Festival of Documentary Films on Human Rights “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan-2020” and  in the category "Best Music Sound Effect Award" at  the 5th GOLDEN TREE International Documentary Film Festival in Germany (2021).

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1.-30.9.2021 Flickfair On Demand Film Festival
4.-9.12.20 Ekofilm; Brno (CZ)
2.11.-7.12.20 Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan 2020; (KG)
23.-29.11.20 Int. Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC; Warsaw (PL)

16.9.2020 Arbis; Helsinki (FI)

4.9.2020 Suomalaisen elokuvan festivaali; Turku (FI)

09/2020 Future Archives Series; Arlington (US)

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) POSTPONED

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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