Where Dreams Are Forgotten

Endorsed by the UN-mandated Spokesperson for the Rights of the Child calling it “a call for action”, ‘Where Dreams Are Forgotten’ is filmed in what was once the economic center of the colonial Arctic and deals with the prospects of the ever evolving infrastructure set against the stark reality for the local population. Told through noisy images the film transports you to a neglected and often forgotten part of the sub-polar regions of the world's largest island where the youngest generations are the ones who suffer the most in a post-colonial struggle of an entire society.

  • Inuk Jørgensen
    Writer, producer, director
    The Bottle Cleaner, Greenland Adventure Race, Home, Hedtoft, In the Shadow of the Tugtupite
  • Jukka Wagnholt
  • Poul Jørgensen
    Aditional photography
    Home, Hedtoft, In the Shadow of the Tugtupite
  • Maria Hjort
    Reseach consultant
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 12, 2022
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  • Māoriland Film Festival
    New Zealand
    March 18, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Riddu Riđđu Festivála
    July 14, 2023
    Nordic Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
    August 8, 2023
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Nuuk International Film Festival
    September 14, 2023
    Greenland Premiere
    Best Short Film Nominee
  • Native Spirit Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 13, 2023
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Wairoa Māori Film Festival
    New Zealand
    October 9, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography

Award-winning short film writer/director. 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 documentary and short film 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 upon the identity, history, and culture of the Greenlandic Inuit people.

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Director Statement

During the past three decades the town of Qaqortoq in southern Greenland has seen its share of economical troubles while politicians and officials have been working to create a better infrastructure. Meanwhile, statistics speak for themselves here; 40% of children grow up in families that struggle to make ends meet while 70% don't get adequate grades for further studies when finishing primary school thereby limiting their possibilities to create a better life for themselves. As a native to this place this is both interesting and heartbreaking. In southern Greenland we are still battling many of the post-colonial issues that we have inherited from 300 years of being a colony.

In many ways, Where Dreams Are Forgotten is inspired by a Jungian approach to dealing with archetypes/characters while the images are all hand held and as noisy as the wonderful soundtrack by fellow Qaqortoq native Jukka Wagnholt. The bleak cinematography focuses on symbols of colonialism (citiscapes, Christianity, construction, modernity) while the often awe-inspiring Arctic nature takes a back seat in this purposefully layered filmic representation of the reality of so many of my people.