SUMÉ – THE SOUND OF A REVOLUTION was the first ever Greenlandic film to be selected for the Berlinale (2015) and was screened in the Panorama section of the festival.
SUMÉ – THE SOUND OF A REVOLUTION
It’s a revolution you’ve probably never heard of. Not a single shot was fired, not a drop of blood spilled. But in the span of just a few years in the 1970′s the hearts and minds of the entire Greenlandic people were turned upside down. The sound of Greenland’s first rock band singing in their native tongue woke people up. SUMÉ’s lyrics introduced words like “oppression” and “revolution” to the Greenlandic language, and inspired the political figures of the time to take Greenland’s policies out of the hands of Danish politicians.
Now, 40 years later, the first ever Greenlandic film to be selected for the Berlinale chronicles the uprising of the 1970′s and SUMÉ’s impact on Greenlandic history. Through present day interviews and unique archival footage the film brings to life a story of an indigenous people’s fight for their own voice and cultural identity. A story which is becoming increasingly more relevant today, as Greenland debates full independence from Denmark, while international corporation push to exploit the arctic nation’s natural resources.
Director Inuk Silis Høegh: “I was born in 1972 and grew up listening to SUMÉ’s songs, and my parents’ stories about how SUMÉ’s music changed the way they saw themselves as Greenlanders. The film is our way of trying to feel the struggles of our parents’ generation. And to understand a pivotal time in modern Greenlandic history which shaped the way our society works today.”
About the film
Original title: SUME – MUMISITSINERUP NIPAA
Director: Inuk Silis Høegh
Creative Producer: Emile Hertling Péronard
Produced by: Anorak Film (GL) in co-production with Bullitt Film (DK) and Jabfilm (NO)
Country / Year: Greenland, Denmark, Norway / 2014
Language: Greenlandic, Danish with English subtitles
Running time: 73 mins.
The Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Emerging Talent, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, 2014
The Jane Glassco Award for an Emerging Filmmaker, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, 2014
Produced with the support of
Namminersorlutik Oqartussat – Government of Greenland | The Danish Film Institute by Film Commissioner Helle Hansen | N.A.P.A. – The Nordic Institute in Greenland | Nuna Fonden | Nordisk Film & TV-Fond | Nordnorsk Filmsenter | Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq | Royal Greenland | Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge
Produced in association with
DR, DANISH BROADCAST CORPORATION by Commissioning Editor Mette Hoffmann Meyer
SVT by Commissioning Editor Emelie Persson
NRK by Commissioning Editor Tore Tomter
KNR, GREENLANDIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION