Mikisoq's (Hannibal Mathesen's) family is dependent on seal hunting, but climate change with rising sea temperatures has already made life uncertain because the catch is failing. Mikisoq's mother dies of tuberculosis when spring comes, and his sister, Maliara (Frederikke Fly), has to take over the duties in the peat hut. Mikisoq also coughs and is transported by medical boat to a village in the south, where he is receiving treatment. The film depicts the boy's astonishment at all the new things in town: truck, ship, house building, telephone, bed, shop. Meanwhile, the father (Hans Henningsen) tries to catch seals between the icebergs from his kayak. It is dangerous because icebergs can calve without warning and send violent waves far away. When Mikisoq returns healthy, the father applies for a house in Jakobshavn. It is granted by the city council and the family moves. But the old grandfather stays where he is, and the film ends with the grandfather's words: "Young dogs can learn new ...
Under Bjarne Henning-Jensen's hands-on supervision, the movie was re-released in 1983. The Danish speak was removed while some dialogue in Greenlandish as well as a new prologue were added. See more »
Shows the confrontation between Inuits and the industrialismen.
A story about a little inuit girl. As many other in the time of industrialismen in Greenland, she gets turbarculose and is sent (away from her familie) to sanatorium. It is also the story of a sealhunter (the little girls father), which hunt is made more difficult, because of trawlers (industrial fishing ships). - A symbol of two cultures confronting.
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