In the Shadow of the Tugtupite

A poetic documentary questioning the rationale behind past and future mining prospects in Greenland and how they are linked to the search for identity of the fledgling nation in a post-colonial world. This is a cinematic portrait of despair and anxiety towards an unknown future for the Inuit of the world's largest island.

  • Inuk Jørgensen
    Writer, producer, director
    The Bottle Cleaner, Greenland Adventure Race, Home, Hedtoft
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    6 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
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    English, Kalaallisut
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  • Nuuk International Film Festival
    September 16, 2020
    World Premiere
    Jury Award - Best Shortfilm
  • Red Nation International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 1, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Best Documentary Short Nominee
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    United States
    December 30, 2020
    Gold Award - Best Documentary, Bronze - Best Editing, Honorable Mentions - Director, Cinematography, Score
  • Dunedin International Film Festival
    Dunedin, Florida
    United States
    January 11, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Tromsø International Film Festival
    January 19, 2021
    Scandinavian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Skabmagovat Film Festival
    January 28, 2021
    Finland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Canberra Short film Festival
    March 27, 2021
    Finalist, Best Native Stories
  • Arctic Shorts Film Evening
    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, 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

The Inuit have always told stories, and this shortfilm is in many ways a retelling of old folklore - yet strangely predictive of things to come.
During the 1950s and 1960s Greenland saw massive societal change the like of which the world had only seen during the industrialization. What took the western world 200 years to accomplice happened in Greenland in just 20 - leaving the indigenous population with metaphorical scars on their souls as traditions were lost and many lost their livelihood. Scares that in many ways are still visible to this day.

Today Greenland is a fledgling nation trying to break loose of the chains of colonialism, but in the process history is about to repeat itself as international interest in the riches of the country is on the rise. Colonialism in a post-colonial world. With this film I want to draw a parallel between modern day Greenland and the history of the people of the great island.

Without pointing any fingers I aim to make sense of things to come while drawing inspiration from a Inuit tale of the red rocks of the Tugtupite (which literally means the blood of the reindeer).

As Inuit, we are the original storytellers and I wonder what future generations will tell about us.