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The Last Human Cinema at Scandinavia House: Spotlight Greenland


WED—May 3—7 PM
$13 ($8 ASF Members)
73 min. In Greenlandic/Danish/English with English subtitles

On May 3, see director Ivalo Frank’s acclaimed documentary The Last Human /Siunissaq Det Sidste Menneske (Greenland/Denmark/Germany, 2022) in the series Spotlight Greenland, held this April and May in coordination with our ongoing exhibition Arctic Highways!

When Greenlandic scientist Minik Rosing discovered the first traces of life on Earth in a small fjord near Isua, predating all other trace of life by over 300 million years, it turned all understanding of our origins upside down — life began in Greenland. At the same time, as its melting ice masses accelerate day by day, scientists around the world agree that Greenland could drown our entire civilization if it is allowed to continue. In director Ivalo Frank’s tribute to her vast, scenic country, Greenland is caught between these two extremes — the beginning and the end of life on Earth as we know it. Between the dizzying concept of deep time and the acceleration of modernity, conversations with scientists and locals reveal reveal a tale of life and its origins, anchored by a group of children from the village of Kangaatsiaq who fall in love, form friendships and struggle with loss and longing.

“A beautiful tribute to Greenland, a touching insight into its inhabitants, and a fascinating scientific journey through the history of life on earth – and a stark reminder that us humans are not invincible” (Nordic Watchlist)

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