Also, the film-maker spoke of the influence of television on his village. It came, and the villagers were glued to the tube. That is why he came to this medium as a way to speak of his people. Perhaps that would have been the stronger story. I don't know. If you haven't seen the movie, "Weeping Camel," seek it out.
This movie is called a docu-drama. Actors play the roles in what is seen as a documentary. I felt something was missing in the film. I wanted to know so much more and yet it seemed too long. I think, for me, the focus needed to round into more understandable personality in the characters we were watching, and I wanted to better understand the fires inside the igloo, and to see the people hunt. How do they survive in such a landscape, and yet, the theme was the conflict between the shamans and Christianity.
This film I am not inclined to recommend, and perhaps, that is because I am still with Milarepa which I strongly do. I wonder about seeing films so close together. Many, who watched this film, immediately went out of the theatre and got in line for the next one. I need time to absorb, process, consider, reflect, and I am still crunching in my fur boots in the ice and snow. I am trying to imagine that life, and perhaps that was another part for me. All the furs were alike and perfectly clean. I doubt that was so in the 20's when Rasmussen came to interview the tribes and learn their stories and songs. How many of us are continously in our absolutely best and well-cleaned clothes, and yet, would we want to see it as it most-likely is and was? I think so.
I again suggest reading Gretel Ehrlich's book on the same subject, This Cold Heaven. I excerpt from an interview with her by Dave Weich at Powells.com:
"I first traveled to Greenland in the late summer of 1993," This Cold Heaven begins, "not to write a book but to get above treeline." Still recovering from injuries suffered two years prior when she was struck by lightning (an experience Ehrlich wrote about in A Match to the Heart), the author discovered in the treeless polar north a substitute for the altitude doctors suggested she avoid.
For the next seven years, in isolated villages along the habitable edge of the largest continental ice sheet in the world, Ehrlich immersed herself in Greenlandic culture, traveling by dogsled with subsistence hunters and communing with locals in their homes. Interweaving her own experiences and encounters with those of Knud Rasmussen, the great Danish-Inuit explorer and ethnographer, in This Cold Heaven she introduces a culture by turns brutal and resplendent, alternately desolate and brimming with life; a fragile way of life whose survival is threatened by international politics, pollution, and modern conveniences as seemingly innocuous as a snowmobile.
As Donna Seaman of Booklist noted in a starred review, "By linking accounts of their lives with lyric descriptions of her own serendipitous and dramatic adventures, Ehrlich both celebrates the remarkable intimacy the Inuit have with the land and its animals and spirit, and chronicles the clangorous and toxic encroachment of consumer society on this pristine and precious realm."
Ehrlich explained here in our living room, "Greenland reminds me what human beings can really be if they're just left to live without the whole construct of politics and a market economy and global everything, and how beautifully those people can live to their potential in a simple way."
I consider again on the film. It is still with me. Perhaps that does suggest it is a film worth seeing. It certainly has me thinking, and that is almost always a good thing. A joyful, clear-sighted and embracingly full day to you!!