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Greenlandic Filmmaker puts funding request where her heart is | The Arctic Journal

Mother nature’s fury couldn’t defeat the Sledge Patrol, but a lack of funding might keep director Sandra Skibsted from telling their “exceptional story”

‘The Sledge Patrol’ is a documentary about a group of Danish, Norwegian and Greenlandic hunters called on to protect the Northeast coast of Greenland against Nazi infiltration. And it is one of those stories only real life could dish up.

VIDEO: See preview of “The Sledge Patrol” (at end of article)

“I was instantly captivated by it. The events that happened during the Second World War in Greenland were so incredible that they could hardly be true. But the truth about the years when the war came to Greenland is remarkable and extraordinary. “

Skibsted learned about the story of the men of the Sledge Patrol back in 2010 by accident while she was doing research for another documentary project. She has been working ever since to make the documentary come to life. The process, she says, has been as rewarding as it has been labourious.

“It has been sheer detective work to find a number of the people you will meet in the documentary. During the course of the filming of the promo, I also came across valuable historical documents. The existence of these had been unknown and they included the diary of the only Danish man who died in the war in Greenland. Furthermore, through this project, I have had the opportunity to unite a brother of a patrolman with his brother’s long-lost diary – a diary he had been searching for for many years.”

via Filmmaker puts funding request where her heart is | The Arctic Journal.

The Tale of Uummannaq: a small isolated Greenlandic village in need of solutions in the times of climate & societal change.

Via Scoop.itNunavut

Uploaded by UummannaqMusic on Mar 19, 2012

Galya Morrell’s short documentary The Tale of Uummannaq, highlights a small isolated Greenlandic village in need of solutions in the times of climate and societal change.

Uummannaq – a heart-shaped island in Northern Greenland – is referred by many as the “Heart of the Arctic.” Today, like many other little settlements in the Far North, its culture is at risk of disappearing. The ancient ways of life that had survived for millennia are now disintegrating along with the disappearing ice.

In the old days, the sea ice was the center of a healthy living community. Everything — food, clothing, legends, and moral values — came from the sea ice. Songs were composed and stories were told beside seals’ breathing holes. Now, as the ice vanishes, people feel that they are rapidly losing the “ground” beneath their feet.

Join us in this rare opportunity to look into the lives and the disappearing culture of the Inuit as they take part in Uummannami Nipi (Uummannaq Music – in Kalallisut), their community-based yet far-reaching initiative in Northern Greenland whose goals are to protect and support the indigenous dog-sledding hunting culture, preserve the old traditions of Inuit music, dance and storytelling, and thereby prevent the epidemic of suicides among the region’s youth brought about by the stresses of abrupt climate and societal change.

Arguably the world’s northernmost stage on the drifting ice, Uummannami Nipi functions as a collaboration of native hunters, international artists and local children that aims to revive the spirit of the community and protect the unique Greenlandic values that are disintegrating along with vanishing ice and the advance of “consumer civilization.”

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