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Heavenly Siberia (Subtitled)

Russian filmmaker Pavel Afonasayev's subtitled documentary depicts Chinese migrants who have come to Siberia to open businesses, practice medicine, or to study for advanced degrees. Despite some Russians' welcome, many locals view these newcomers with a mix of distrust and suspicion. The Chinese do extensive logging and, reportedly, use pesticides that some Russians fear harm the land. Not all of the migrants speak Russian. Can Siberia ever become these Chinese expatriates' true home?