Welcome to Longyearbyen, the only settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Situated 483 kilometres from the North Pole, where polar bears outnumber humans, and bearing the distinction of being the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen is a community with an unforgiving climate, dreary isolation and an uncertain economic future. Like many small towns, Longyearbyen was once a bustling industrial hub that is now struggling to find innovative ways to sustain itself. We meet Pastor Leif, the hotelier Anna Lisa, the miner Linda and Olaf the artist. After a sip of “Polar Beer”, the local brew, you can take a boat to meet Sasha, the only resident and sole guardian of Pyramiden, a frozen museum to the good/bad old days of the Soviet Union. This Cold Life presents a tight-knit group of colourful and resourceful residents who are dedicated to preserving the land they call home.
Darren Mann is an award-winning documentary Director, Producer, Editor and founder of Mann-made Pictures. In addition to films, Darren has directed/produced broadcast television for such networks as Nat Geo, Discovery, Fox. His work has led him to such areas as Antarctica, Nepal, Europe, China, India, Africa, Tibet, The Arctic Circle, the jungles of Borneo, Panama and Rwanda.
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