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“Greenland Week” at Scandinavia House in NYC Next Week

Next week, Scandinavia House, a Nordic cultural center located in New York City, will host “Greenland Week,” with three artistic and cultural programs dedicated to shedding light on the remote island. On Wednesday, February 29 and Friday, March 2, a coming-of-age movie called Inuk about a troublesome boy sent from the capital, Nuuk, to live in a youth home in Uummannaq, in north-central Greenland, will play. The trailer is below. The film is in Kalaallisut (West Greenlandic), the official language of Greenland since June 2009, with subtitles. The trailer bills Inuk as the “first film ever about modern Greenland.”

On Thursday, the short documentary, The Tale of Uummannaq, will play with free admission. The film is about the town’s risk of disappearing.

"Greenland Week" at Scandinavia House in NYC Next Week


Finally, on Friday Scandinavia House will put on “Greenland Children’s Day.” All sorts of activities will take place, including introductions to Kalaallisut, mask-making, music, and the presentation of a short film about a child living in Uummannaq.

If you’re in New York, any of these events should be worth checking out, particularly since it’s rare to see movies from Greenland play anywhere in the U.S. If watching life unfold in northern Greenland isn’t your thing though, Scandinavia House will also be hosting a whole series dedicated to New Nordic Cinema through May. Some of the most popular new movies from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway will be shown.

Scandinavia House is located at 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY.



Mia Bennett

Mia Bennett is pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her MPhil (with Distinction) in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge's Scott Polar Research Institute, where she was a Gates Scholar.

Mia examines how climate change is reshaping the geopolitics of the Arctic through an investigation of scientific endeavors, transportation and trade networks, governance, and natural resource development. Her masters dissertation investigated the extent of an Asian-Arctic region, focusing on the activities of Korea, China, and Japan in the circumpolar north. Mia's work has appeared in ReNew Canada, Water Canada, FACTA, and Baltic Rim Economies, among other publications.

She speaks French, Swedish, and is learning Russian.

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