Prague 1934: The Soviet exploration steamship Chelyuskin is ice-bound in Arctic waters, where the crew has finally managed to escape onto the ice. Five children hear the news on their self-made radio and spontaneously decide to rescue the crew. Very soon their expedition encounters problems. Based on the children's book by the successful East German author Alex Wedding, this film includes documentary footage from the original exploration that traveled the Northern Maritime Route from Murmansk to Vladivostok. The Arctic Sea Calls was featured in the 1984 Max Ophuls Film Festival program.