The main character of the film, Per Kunuk Lyberth-Lynge, is the grandson of renowned Greenlandic poet and member of the Danish parliament at the time of his death, Augo Lynge. Augo Lynge had been very active in his rejection of using ships to commute back and forth between the former colony of Greenland and mainland Denmark, but nonetheless his warnings were ignored ironically ending with his own death as he was a passenger on the M/S Hans Hedtoft as it went down on January 30, 1959. Per Kunuk has, almost like an obsession, researched the specifics surrounding that faithful night as the unsinkable ship hit an iceberg, and his conclusions are clear: the ship could not have gone down where it was supposed to have gone down.
Beneath the personal story lies an equally true but untold story of how ignorant colonialism ended up leading to the sinking of the unsinkable ship – an event that would have great repercussions within both Greenlandic and Danish societies.
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Per Kunuk Lyberth-Lynge,
Director of Photography
Small Time Giants
Greenlandic, Danish, English