Winters Yearning

Winter's Yearning

Monday, February 6, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
  • Library Hall
A struggle for economic renewal and political sovereignty rides on the largest industrial operation in Greenland’s history.

In Maniitsoq, Greenland, the US aluminum giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people await their plant and with it, the nation's possible first steps towards economic renewal and political sovereignty.

Greenland, officially named Kalaallit Nunaat, is a vast snowy island country, that most Westerners only know as a view from their trans-Atlantic jet window. In the cinematic documentary, Winter’s Yearning, co-directors Larsen and Pilskog showcase the immense, isolating landscapes as well as the rich lives of the self-sufficient Greenlanders, who reside in the fishing village. The film captures a nation’s struggle for economic independence.

Filmed over seven years, Winter’s Yearning focuses on the stories of three Maniitsoq residents during the project’s delays and eventual collapse: Kirsten Kleist Petersen, a young woman who works on the assembly line at a fish processing plant; Gideon Lyberth, a therapist and social worker; and bureaucrat Peter Soren Olsen, the town’s “aluminum coordinator” and the first Greenlander with a master’s degree. Through their uplifting stories the filmmakers track the dreams, lives on hold, and the human capacity to rise again.

About Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)

Under Danish colonization for almost 300 years, in 1979 Denmark granted Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) home rule, making it an autonomous Danish dependent territory with limited self-government and its own parliament. The majority of the population are of Inuit heritage admixed with Danish-Swedish-Norwegian ancestry. The country’s main economy derives from fishing and tourism; however, Greenland has a vibrant, emerging film industry. Many Greenlanders harbor aspirations for becoming independent of Denmark and controlling their economic, cultural and political growth.

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning nonfiction film series on PBS:

Run Time: 

75 min.

About POV 

Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 36 Emmys, 20 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards®, two George Polk Documentary Film Awards and the Prix Italia.

POV’s Community Engagement and Education team works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present more than 650 free screenings every year. In addition, POV distributes free discussion guides and standards-aligned lesson plans for each film. Learn more at or follow @povdocs on Twitter.