Winter's Yearning

Winter's Yearning

  • Available to stream online: Sat, Oct 17, 7:00pm to Mon, Oct 19, 7:00pm
  • Virtual panel/Q&A: Mon, Oct 19, 7:00pm

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

Sidse Torstholm Larsen, Sturla Pilskog / 2019 / Greenlandic, English, Danish with English Subtitles / Greenland / Denmark / Norway / 75 min / Toronto Premiere

Winter’s Yearning is an eye-opening portrait documentary of the small fishing town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, which has been selected as the next plant location for US aluminium giant ALCOA. An aluminium plant could provide a useful step towards Greenlandic independence. However, visions of the anticipated windfall fade into a waiting game. Directors Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog intertwine the lives of three Maniitsoq residents: a social worker, a young woman and the town’s ‘aluminium coordinator’. Through attentively layering their stories, situations and personal efforts towards self-sufficiency, the atmosphere of a small-town yearning for progression and change is beautifully portrayed.

Screening with

Carlotta’s Face
Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld | 2018 | Germany | German with English subtitles | 5 minutes

Carlotta’s Face illuminates a relationship dysfunction in its sensitive portrayal of a woman who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, and her salvation through art.



Rural communities have seen the devastating impact that resource extraction industries have had on not only the health of the land, but also the relationships between individuals within these territories. We have seen examples of how settler colonialism has violated Treaty Rights and land sovereignty on unceded territory, yet there is more to uncover in the internal lives of those experiencing the complexities of change. How do Inuit and Northern Indigenous communities negotiate mental health when life is disrupted– particularly by resource extraction?  Join us in exploring these topical concerns with guest panelists.