Sarah Gavron’s ‘Village At The End Of The World’ is Met Film’s latest theatrical release. I worked as an editor on the film, which is the story of a tiny community in north-west Greenland.
Village At The End Of The World screened at the London Film Festival last year to great reviews and has been screening in UK cinemas since May 10th.Niaqornat in North West Greenland has a population of only 59, and with no local industry people are being forced to leave to find jobs in the nearest town. Lars is the only teenager in town who, in a community of hunters doesn’t want to hunt. 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 locals. 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.
Meanwhile 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. Village At The End Of The World is a film that 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.