Hedtoft

The personal story of the greatest tragedy in Greenlandic maritime history, told by the grandson of one of the 95 passengers who lost their lives on the cold stormy night of January 30th, 1959, when M/S Hans Hedtoft - on its maiden voyage - allegedly hit an iceberg.

  • Inuk Jørgensen
    Writer, producer, director
    Flaskerenseren, Greenland Adventure Race, Home
  • Per Kunuk Lyberth-Lynge
    Writer
  • Small Time Giants
    All Hope Abandon (song)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Hedtoft
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Greenland
  • Country of Filming:
    Greenland
  • Language:
    Danish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1,85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Nuuk International Film Festival (work in progress)
    Nuuk
    Greenland
    September 19, 2019
    Sneak preview
    Best Shortfilm
  • Local screening/Greenlandic premiere
    Qaqortoq
    Greenland
    December 4, 2019
    Premiere
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 15, 2020
    Silver Award
  • International Festival of Winter Cinema
    Edmonton
    Canada
    February 13, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Māoriland Film Festival
    Otaki
    New Zealand
    March 21, 2020
    Southern Hemisphere Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Oregon Documentary Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    August 15, 2020
    Best International Director Nominee
  • Setting Sun Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    September 30, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography

Award-winning shortfilm director and producer. Educated from the university of Aarhus, Denmark, Inuk has been making home movies and short animations since his childhood in Greenland. As an adult he has been involved in several marketing-/shortfilm productions as well as being an active member of the film making community of Greenland, Film.gl. As an indigenous filmmaker he has a focus on aesthetic images and personal stories that touch on the identity, history, and culture of the Greenlandic Inuit people.

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Director Statement

This is the first film about the greatest maritime tragedy in the history of Greenland, told from the personal perspective of a grandson who has spent his adult life searching for a lost grandfather. On a cold and stormy night in January 1959 ninety-five people from all walks of life lost their lives off the coast of Greenland, and yet much of the coverage in the media at the
time and to this day has focussed on conspiracies, passing the blame, and the societal consequences of the tragedy of
M/S Hans Hedtoft.

With this film I hope to avoid all grandiose chatter and noise
and instead focus on the personal story of the tragedy, told by a close relative of one of the people who lost their lives. This is a story of sorrow, perseverance, and hope. This is a story that needs to be told and remembered.

A special thank you, Per Kunuk Lyberth-Lynge for your
willingness to cooperate on this project and for your vital
knowledge and input during the planning of this shortfilm.
And thanks to Small Time Giants for the inspirational music,
and being willing to letting your song be part of this little
project.