Open City Documentary Festival
In Maniitsoq, Greenland, US aluminium giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Promising economic renewal for the region, the sense that the plant may never actually come to fruition is palpable throughout Winter’s Yearning. Following the lives of the area’s loyal ageing population and its stymied youth—in a place where employment opportunities are limited to fisheries the contemporary colonial violence of Denmark is figured through stories of economic ruin, frustrated communities and shared national trauma. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people of Maniitsoq await their plant - and with it, Greenland’s possible first step towards sovereignty.