But what’s even more groundbreaking, is the movement that is underway in Greenland: Ivalu is filmed entirely in Greenland, in the Greenlandic language, by Greenlandic actors and supported by an all Greenlandic crew.
Danish Director Anders Walter, whose idea was to adapt the acclaimed graphic novel of the same namesake to film, was in complete support of this constellation. The cooperation worked so well that the film ended up being co-directed by Pipaluk K. Jørgensen, who played a key role in the development, casting, and filming process.
“Ivalu” tells the story of Pipaluk, an 11-year-old Greenlandic girl, who goes searching for her missing older sister Ivalu. One night Pipaluk dreams of a raven leading her to her sister, and when a raven appears the next morning, Pipaluk follows it. Greenlandic myths are woven into a poetic journey full of memories that mask a harsh reality.