Village at the End of the World # 307

Village at the End of the World

13:00, Sunday 16th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Sarah Gavron
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 76 mins
  • Country of Production: UK/Denmark



For some it’s paradise, for others it’s the last place on earth they want to be.  For most, Niaqornat is simply home.  There are real pressures on a place like this – the ice is melting, the government no longer wants to subsidise the supply ship that brings food that can’t be hunted locally, and people are leaving due to the lack of work. The film is a portrait of a traditional fishing community struggling against the challenges of globalisation. The story of Lars, the only teenager in town planning his escape is paralleled by the adults' attempts to maintain the community's fishing economy. Ultimately Village At The End Of The World is a film that reflects the dilemmas of most small communities all over the world, this one just happens to be in one of the remotest spots on earth.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

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