Village At The End Of The World (2012)
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Lars is the only teenager in town who, in a community of hunters doesn't want to hunt. Niaqornat in North West Greenland has a population of only 59, with no local industry people are being forced to leave to find jobs in the nearest town. Whilst the rest of the community pull together to try and re-open the fish-factory, Lars begins to plan his escape. Like all villages, Niaqornat has its supporters and detractors amongst the local populace. For some it is paradise, they can't imagine living anywhere else, for others it's the last place on earth they want to be. For most Niaqornat is simply home. We know that there are very real pressures on a place like this - the ice is melting, the government no longer wants to subsidise the supply ship that brings the food that can't be hunted locally, and people are leaving due to the lack of work. This film reflects the dilemmas of most small communities all over the world, this one just happens to be in one of the remotest spots on earth. … More
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Critic Reviews for Village At The End Of The World
Much like its subject, this film by Sarah Gavron has a leisurely, warm pace.
While it isn't revelatory in content or style, it's a considered work that offers a glimpse of a part of the world that many would know little about otherwise.
This is a warm-hearted and affecting tribute to a tenacious people who seem to know the score better than most of us.
The mind boggles at the thought of how it was here pre-electricity and motor boats, although elderly villagers don't exactly recoil from the memory of sputtering blubber lamps.
There a gentle sweetness and charm to this documentary by film-maker Sarah Gavron, her first film since the adaptation of Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane six years ago.
Audience Reviews for Village At The End Of The World
Village At The End Of The World feels like a Werner Herzog documentary but without Werner Herzog. As much as I love his voice, Village At The End Of The World doesn't actually need narration and directors Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson wisely leave the people of the Village to speak for themselves. The extraordinary and ordinary are both explored in this insightful and generally happy documentary that reminded me somewhat of Happy People: A Year in the Taiga although there is little mystery here, everything is honest and dare I say a little less conceited. The feel good documentary of 2012.
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