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Burden of the Fire

In 1982, a fire broke out in the Soviet Antarctic research station Vostok and destroyed the station’s power plant. The expedition was left without light or heating right before the four-month-long polar night set in, with an outside temperature of -70 °C. The men decided not to ask for help, because they knew that it was nowhere to be found.

The Soviet Union was not a proponent of risk management; extreme situations demanded heroic acts. And the men didn’t think twice. Still, a rift divided the crew into two opposing camps.


Script-Director Riho Västrik
Editor Liina Triškina
Cinematographer Arvo Vilu
Composer Tiit Kikas
Producer Riho Västrik
Released 2013
Length 52 min