The Northern Lights Film Series – sponsored by Claire Gillis & Ernest Stefanson, with support by the Canada Iceland Foundation– highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and Canada’s North!
A sleepy Swedish province hopes to lure a discount store chain by hiring a pompous commercial director to document their town’s worthiness, but two bright, brash high school girls from immigrant families use their cellphones and selfie sticks to tell the real story.
The district of Molenbeek in Brussels has become world-famous as a center of jihadism, but for six-year-old Aatos and his friend Amine it’s home and a place for them to dream. Here they search for spiders, fly magic carpets and also ponder life’s big questions. Is there a God, and if so who are they? Gods of Molenbeek is a whimsical portrait of childhood friendship, inquiry and the creation of meaning in a chaotic time.
When investigative journalist Gisella becomes bankrupt, she decides to rent out her spare bedrooms to two immigrant women, seeing a way out of debt and potential material for her next writing piece. The arrangement begins well for all parties but gradually her tenants begin to threaten Gisella’s control of the house, her morals and her sanity.
Amid Iceland’s majestic wilderness, a lava field of ecological importance is about to be demolished by the largest bulldozer in the country. Standing in front of that bulldozer is Ragga, environmentalist and celebrated “seer” into the invisible realm of elves. This film explores the hidden forces that shape our visible worlds and transform our natural landscapes.
Halla, a woman in her forties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland, but the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a small orphan in her life.
Hunter : When the dogs are gone, The (Piniartoq : Qimmeerukkaluarpat)
dir. Frederik Wolff
2018 | Denmark / Greenland | 10 min. | Buy tickets now!
Far up the Greenland East coast a young aspiring hunter, 23 year-old Martin Madsen still uses his sled dogs for hunting seals and polar bears as they have always done in his family. But times are changing in Greenland and the sled dogs are slowly dying out. From his remote village Ittoqqortoormiit, Martin asks himself what the future holds for him and his dogs.
Ocean From My Eye, The ( ᑕᕆᐅᖅ ᑕᑯᔭᓐᓂᒃ / Tariuq Takujannik)
dir. Attagoyuk High School Students / Natalie Baird
2018 | Manitoba | 4 min. | Buy tickets now!
Inuit in coastal communities are interwoven with and dependent upon oceans. As temperatures rise and weather patterns change, knowledge and experience that has developed over thousands of years is becoming less reliable for those navigating the land.