Documentaries about communities on the edge in Greenland & London open this June

Village at the End of the World, the new Dogwoof documentary opens at Picturehouse cinemas across UK on 4 June.

Grasp The Nettle has its first public screening and World Premiere at London’s Open City Doc Fest on 21 June

Fascinated by the resilience of the few remaining polar communities, Village at the End of the World director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and her cameraman partner David Katznelson spent almost three years filming in Niaqornat, a remote Inuit hamlet in northern Greenland with just 59 inhabitants.

Under government threat of relocation if their numbers fell below 50, the locals were determined to reopen a local fish factory in order to stem the slow exodus of their youngsters, and vowed to battle on against an unsympathetic bureaucracy “until the last man’s left standing”. The stark beauty of their harsh landscape and their equally harsh way of  life – they rely entirely on hunting and fishing, and the long winter months are totally without daylight – contrast with their humour and robust traditions. Village at the End of the World is a portrait of a traditional community struggling against the challenges of globalisation and climate change.

For tickets:http://villageattheendoftheworld.com/on-tour.php

Dogwoof are giving away 2 tickets to each screening – email patrick@dogwoof.com to enter the draw.

GTN_A5_LFT_HR_7 Grasp the Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police – and themselves – in an effort to create alternative communities outside consumer society.

Filmmaker Dean Puckett (Crisis of Civilisation) went to live among the eclectic inhabitants of an eco-village in West London, who then move to the heart of London, occupying Parliament Square. It is an epic, inspiring and at times harrowing journey of discovery – following the homeless, the visionaries and eccentrics against a backdrop of economic and ecological crisis.

Panel discussion with Dean Puckett, (Director), Paco Sweetman (Editor) and selected cast from the film, chaired by Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed (Journalist)

 The team  plan to start opening the film up for community screenings after June so get in touch if you are interested info@graspthenettlefilm.com

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