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.
Documentary , Kids & Family , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Village At The End Of The World

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Much like its subject, this film by Sarah Gavron has a leisurely, warm pace.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Time Out
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It's a beautiful, austere movie ...

Full Review… | May 12, 2013
Observer (UK)

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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
The List

This is a warm-hearted and affecting tribute to a tenacious people who seem to know the score better than most of us.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
London Evening Standard

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Financial Times

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013

Audience Reviews for Village At The End Of The World

A pleasant hour-and-a-quarter with the residents of Niaqornat, Greenland. Some amusement. Some light insights. Sarah Gavron puts together a nice documentary about people who are coping, surviving, adapting, and reasonably happy rather than a dour portrayal of lost and doomed people as so many of these remote village documentaries do. Gavron's skill is revealed most clearly in the juxtaposition of a tourist interview talking about the unspoiled traditional people with images of an Inuit teen trudging up from the beach wearing high top sneakers and a hoodie, then segueing to a child sitting on a bench hunched over her laptop as the tourist goes on about the lack of modern conveniences. She doesn't deliver this with a hammerblow, but lets us notice and catch on in our own time.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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