Village at the End of the World


Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson
2012 | 76 minutes | U.K., Greenland (Denmark)
U.S. Premiere

Village at the End of the World presents a rich real-life human drama, full of humor and hope, set against a backdrop of steadily melting ice that portends larger ecological changes for the whole planet. The Inuit village of Niaqornat in Northern Greenland grapples with many of the same challenges as other small communities around the world: a dwindling population; a lack of industry and jobs threatening the local economy; traditional ways of life giving way to modernity. It also happens to be one of the most remote human habitations on Earth. Lars, the only teenager in town, dreams of a different life and plans his escape even as the community pulls together to try to reopen the fish factory and revive its prospects for the future.

Co-presented by Scandinavia House


What compelled you to see for yourself?
As a filmmaker I want to capture worlds on film, particularly worlds that are on the cusp of change or may cease to exist. I take the camera and go to see for myself places that the audience might never go. I stand in the doorway and give the audience a view. It is not an objective view—as Zola said, "Art is a corner of nature viewed through a temperament." It is my view, or the combined view of the documentary team.
—Sarah Gavron | Director, Village at the End of the World