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Fourteen Greenlanders, all of whom have stories to tell, provide a fascinating portrait of a land and its people through their tales of childhood and youth. We hear about a 14-year old orphan boy who catches his first narwhale, about a boy who accidentally kills his puppy, about a woman who hears a qivittoq's (a mountain wanderer) cry of horror,

about a shaman who must battle with his spirit when he decides to become a Christian. 

All tales from Ammassalik, Thule and Upernavik, narrated vividly and dramatically in the tradition of Greenlandic storytelling which has developed over centuries of long, dark polar winters.


Release: 2002 (Denmark)

Duration: 72 minutes

Genre: Documentary feature

Spoken language: Greenlandic and Danish


Director: Karen Littauer

Cinematography: Peter Östlund

Editor: Mette Esmark
Sound Design: Jens Bangskjær and Henrik Langkilde

Composer: Henrik Littauer

Producers: Lise Lense-Møller, Karen Littauer and Lone Hey

Production Country: Denmark

Production Company: Magic Hour Films

Coproducer: Nuka Film

Produced with support from: The Aase og Jørgen Münters Fund, Air Greenland, Ammassalik Kommune, Arctic Contractors, Arctic X-treme, Augustinus Fonden, Bodil Pedersen Fonden, Danske Filminstruktører, Den Danske Banks Fond, The Danish Film Institute, DR, Folketingets Grønlandsfond, Flemming Gren Hansen og Niels-Kjeld Jensen fra Thulebasen, Greenland Home Rule, Greenland Contractors, The Icelandic Broadcasting Cultural Fund, GLV i Kangerlussuaq, Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat Kommune, Kong Christian den Tiendes Fond, Det Kongelige Grønlandsfond, The Knud Højgaards Fond, Kulturfonden Danmark-Grønland, KNI, KNR, Lions Club Godthåb, Nordens institut i Grønland/ NAPA, Nordic Film & TV Fund, Nuna Fonden, NUKA a/s, Nuuk Imeq, Nykredits Fond, Politiken-Fonden, SAS og Grønlandsflys Rejsestipendieordning, SAS, Royal Greenland, Scoresbysund-komitéens Østgrønlandsfond, Sonning-Fonden, Statens Kunstfond, TELE Greenland A/S, Thulefonden, UNESCO, Upernavik Kommune, The Danish Ministry of Education, YLE, and Qaanaaq Kommune.

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